What Is The Cleanest Camping Food For A Surf Trip?

11 Apr 2017 0 Share

AMY'S KITCHEN | SPONSORED STORY 

KEEPING IT SIMPLE, REALLY IS SIMPLE

Story by Nic Laidlaw

As the 2017 Surfing World Camp drew closer, my wife and I were frothing out. We were about to experience one of the best weekend's of our lives, immersed in music, friends, campfires, loads of surfing, good food and for me, the opportunity to be teaching movement and meditation workshops.

As a holistic health practitioner, one of the major components of good living I focus on is the food we put into our bodies. Eat food that is clean, organic, in-season, minimally packaged and processed - and not too much of it.

My wife and I pride ourselves on being relatively good campers, so with that in mind we were pumped at the prospect of preparing some good grub around the campfire and showing our mates that it is possible to eat healthily away from the kitchen.

When camping, we like to keep it simple – think one pot cook-ups ready to go within 15 minutes.

We first arrived at Camp Treachery during a torrential downpour. It was written in the forecast with a week's notice so we knew what to expect but were still amped on it and ready. We took the van on a few hot laps around the site and promptly set up a nice 6-car convoy in the primitive, palm-laden location. There was plenty of open space but we were close enough to all the action as well.

We were pretty reluctant to get out all the cooking gear in the rain, and it continued all afternoon, so we set off towards the camp HQ, were there was an incredible tee-pee fully equipt with a stage and undercover fire/cooktop setup. Just outside, we discovered Amy’s Kitchen.

They were setup, full of energy and ready for the arrival of over 300 camping-shredders to arrive hungry and ready for waves. As we took shelter under their tent we discovered they were offering campers free warm samples of soups and nachos. I thought to myself, this is awesome! It smells good and looks pretty clean so we ripped in. We asked a few questions about the company, the source of food, the basic ingredients, and my next question was, where can we get more? The lovely ladies proceeded to throw us a handful of cans of soups and refried beans. Bloody legends!

SEE ALSO: 2017 Surfing World Camp Video & Gallery

I’m not the biggest fan of food that has a long shelf life, primarily because they are commonly full of additives, emulsifiers, flavour enhancers, chemicals and a gazillion other add-ons that are hard to pronounce. Our bodies have a really hard time digesting them and turning into energy. For our bodies to digest and assimilate food efficiently, they need to be able to recognise what we've put in as food and then proceed to turn it into new cells.

The problem with most packaged and canned foods is that the most of the stuff in there is a non-food, meaning that your body needs to spend more energy deciding where to put it and what to do with it, then the amount of energy the so-called “food” actually gives you, so it leaves you in a deficit.

Despite being canned, this is not the case with Amy’s kitchen. They are completely transparent with their ingredients; 100% organic, wheat and gluten free and they're really simple. There are only about five ingredients in each different recipe, and man they taste good. Especially on a cold and rainy camping trip.

I'm frothing on the Amy's Kitchen approach because it gives people who would usually go for the popular commercial brand soups a much superior option, as well as giving food snobs like myself a clean add-on to a meal consisting of fresh and raw produce.

Keeping it simple, really is simple. If you eat real food, drink clean water, move you body every day in every way you can, be kind to yourself and live a life of purpose, then you're doing pretty well. You will probably look and feel healthy too.

Thanks to Surfing world for putting on a hell of a weekend, can’t wait for next year. I hope the crew at Amy’s Kitchen will be back too!


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