This past weekend, we had a fantastic time camping and rock climbing at Joshua Tree National Park. At first I was a little hesitant about camping out and still being able to eat the fresh foods that I’ve gotten used to, but with a little preparation, it was super easy to stay raw the whole time. I give this camping experience 5/5 happy monkeys.
Before we left, I spent an entire evening blending 3 batches of green smoothies (lettuce, cucumber, hemp seeds, kelp flakes, lemon and parsley/dill) and a big batch of gazpacho. Then I froze them individually in 1.5 liter empty water bottles. I also whipped up a double batch of raw beet salad, minus the cabbage because even without it, it filled my food processor to the brim (shown above). I also brought a selection of tomatoes, red peppers, avocados, cucumbers, and zucchini, mostly in pairs. For condiments, I brought a small bottle of olive oil, a couple lemons and a sea salt/seaweed/gomasio-type seasoning that I made myself.
Breakfast was supposed to be green smoothies, but they were still very frozen, so one day I had leftovers for breakfast and one morning I had gazpacho while I waited for the smoothies to defrost, and then I just drank the green smoothies throughout the day.
Lunch both days was raw beet salad with some nuts as a chaser.
Snacks were nuts and a couple raw bars – my absolute fave is the Go Raw Live Pumpkin Bar. I also munched on whole red peppers and cucumbers.
For dinner the first night I made a simple salad of spinach, cucumber, tomato, avocado, dill with a olive oil/lemon/sea salt dressing. For dinner the second night I had avocado, tomato and shallot on raw crackers. This was the first time I had ever had fresh shallot – boy, is it potent! Good, but a little goes a long way.
For dessert I had a couple of raw cinnamon raison crackers. Yum.
Overall, I actually brought too much food. I have an entire 1.5 liter bottle of gazpacho left over and about two more bowls of beet salad, not to mention a bunch of spinach, dill and two zucchinis. Next time I could probably get away with less. It was so much fun we’re already planning the next trip!