Guilt-Free Goodies for Camping Trips, Plus the 411 on Fujis!

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Hi HG,

I'm getting ready to go on a summer camping trip... Very excited! But I'm worried about eating right. Do you have any camping-friendly food ideas that won't blow my calorie budget?

Camille Loves Camping

Hey, Camille!

Camping trips can be tough because you're limited to foods that'll stay fresh and cook up well over a campfire. Make sure to plan for snacks as well as meals. Stick with snack foods that travel well, like filling snack bars with protein and fiber (I love bars from Luna and KIND), 100-calorie packs of nuts, jerky, portable cheese snacks (like the wax-encased Mini Babybel rounds) and, of course, fruit. Check out a bunch more travel-friendly snacks here! My breakfast picks are precooked oatmeal cups, like the ones from Seneca Farms and Kozy Shack. Those can be eaten hot or cold. Or try these chewy oatmeal squares from Corazonas -- a new love of mine! You could even whip up a batch of my breakfast-friendly Grab 'n Go Cookies before you leave, as another morning option. For lunch and dinner, pack lots of lean protein -- fat-free or nearly fat-free hot dogs (like Hebrew National 97% Fat Free Beef Franks... bring a cooler!) and shelf-stable pouches of albacore tuna in water (no can opener needed!) are great options. Bring cut veggies too, to fill out your meals. Splurge on s'mores for dessert... Just limit yourself to one or two. For perfect s'mores, check out these new Jet-Puffed StackerMallows. REALLY fun! Thanks for emailing, and have a great time camping...

Dear Hungry Girl,

I am a huge fan of Granny Smith apples! I love their crisp, tart taste. But I see that only a few of your recipes use these apples and way more of them call for Fujis. Are Fuji apples better for you nutritionally? Or is it a flavor preference? Thanks for all you do!

Apple-Obsessed Jess

Hi Jess,

First off, let me just say that I support eating apples, no matter what kind. They're packed with fiber, and they're incredibly versatile -- as stand-alone snacks and in salads, parfaits, oatmeal, slaws, etc. So many possibilities! To answer your questions, though, I definitely love Fuji apples best, which is why I call for them in so many recipes. They have just the right balance of sweetness and tartness. Nutritionally, all apples are awesome, although Fujis do have the most flavonoids. And research suggests flavonoids could reduce the risk of heart attack and heart disease -- just another reason to jump on the Fuji bandwagon. Granny Smith apples have a very distinctive taste, so they aren't an ideal swap in recipes that call for Fujis, especially if the apples get cooked or baked. But other sweet varieties -- like Gala, Honeycrisp, and Pink Lady -- can be easily swapped for Fujis in most recipes. There's definitely, however, a time and place for Granny Smith apples! They work best when they're raw and thinly sliced or chopped, like in this creamy 'n sweet fruit salad and this brand-spanking-new recipe for chicken salad sandwiches. Some HG recipes even call for BOTH Fuji and Granny Smith apples, like my I Heart Apple Slaw. Now that your apple IQ has been raised significantly, have fun making new recipes, and keep eating those apples!

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