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Waking Up On the Right Side of the Tent

May 13, 2016 AT 2:26 pm

While I don’t necessarily agree that breakfast is the most important meal of my day, it isn’t something you can skip while getting ready to spend an entire day dancing in the sun. That would be a bad mistake. It is likely that you will want to make breakfast at your campsite before heading out for the day. With a few staples in your cooler, an inexpensive, energy boosting first meal of the day is easy like Sunday morning.


First let’s talk basics: eggs, bacon, peanut butter, jelly, nutella, apples, bananas, granola bars, instant oatmeal, yogurt. You can keep eggs in their carton at the top of your cooler or crack them and keep in a mason jar. If you are going the egg route, do not forget salt and pepper. I like to keep mine in an empty Tic-Tacs container, be creative, old bottle of medicine work too. Cut up vegetables like onions, peppers, and mushrooms for omelettes, which are a bit easier for a group over individually fried eggs.


If you pick high quality bacon, save the fat to cook your eggs and vegetables in.  Bacon takes a while to cook, start this first. We can all agree though, bacon tastes better outdoors.


If you want to really impress the campsite next to you, try breakfasts cupcakes. Bring a few of any of the following: cleaned tuna can,  canning ring,  biscuit cutter, cookie cutter and place into your greased pan. You could also use a thick ring of sliced bell pepper or sweet onion. Place a circle of bread at the bottom of the ring, then loop a piece of bacon around the perimeter, crack an egg in, top with pepper, and cook until the egg is no longer loose.


Vegetarians? Wash your apples in advance and have a sharp knife to cut them. Pick bananas of varying green-ness you so you can enjoy the yellow ones on day 1 and the greener ones as the ripen on Sunday. Freeze your yogurt before your trip so it lasts longer. Sprinkle chia seeds on top for extra energy.


Pancakes are just as easy as eggs. For pre-made mixes, you just need to remember eggs and milk. Or you can try 2 ingredient banana pancakes: 2 whisked eggs per 1 mashed banana- make small pancakes and cook on each side until golden brown. Add in honey, vanilla, peanut butter, chocolate chips or whatever you have on hand to elevate the taste.


Two ingredients isn’t so scary, right? So tell me, how much effort are you willing to put in to your breakfast?


Top of the morning to you,


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Bonus recipe: No-Cook Chia Seed Pudding

To make the night before you leave

3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

3.5 tablespoons chia seed

About 1 teaspoon each of honey, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice (can substitute cinnamon)

Mix together in a small container


Mix again in 30 minutes

Leave overnight or at least 2 hours