In just 3 years, the number of American vegans has grown by 600%. We are slowly but steadily becoming a more health conscious and Earth-conscious nation. And people are discovering the incredible benefits, for us and our environment, of a plant-based diet.
Our society is starting to see the big advantages of a diet that doesn’t include meat and other animal-based products. A vegan diet is typically more sustainable and creates a much smaller carbon footprint than those that require animal agriculture.
We are on our way to a healthier diet that is friendlier to the Earth we all love. None more so than outdoor adventurers like ourselves.
But where do we fit into a camping culture filled with burgers, hot dogs, and fish fries?
Whether you are new to veganism, cooking for a friend, or you’re a long-time vegan looking for some new vegan camping food recipes. Get your taste buds ready for some ultimately delicious vegan camping foods.
What is a Vegan Diet?
What is a Vegetarian Diet?
Most of us are familiar with vegetarianism. Vegetarians do not consume meat or fish of any kind. They also do not consume products that contain animal byproducts, for example, chicken broth or gelatin (which is made from animal bones).
Is being vegan the same as being a vegetarian? What are the restrictions? Why would someone want to be vegan?
The Vegan Diet
At its most basic level, following a vegan diet means you do not consume any animal products. Like vegetarians, vegans do not eat meat or fish. They also won’t eat eggs or dairy products, like cow’s milk, since these products come from animals. Some vegans are very strict and choose not to eat honey since it is made by bees.
The Vegan Lifestyle
If you talk to most vegans, you’ll find out that veganism isn’t as much a diet as it is a lifestyle choice. Some people follow a vegan diet. Other vegans choose not to use any products that come from animals, like leather or beeswax.
Instead of cow or goat’s milk, they may choose to drink soy, coconut or almond milk. Instead of wearing leather shoes, they may choose linen, canvas or hemp options.
Everyone is different. We choose to be vegan for different reasons and have different needs and capacities. Therefore, each person who chooses a vegan diet or vegan lifestyle may do so a little differently than the next person.
Some people follow a vegan diet or lifestyle for health reasons, by choice or by necessity. Others make the choice to fight for animal rights. Some practice veganism as part of their religion or faith. Still more people are working hard to live sustainably and with as little impact on the Earth as possible.
Controversy Surrounding Vegan Diets
There is often some controversy surrounding veganism. Occasionally it centers around the ethical or political reasons that people choose to be vegan. But most concern the “strict” restrictions of the diet and whether it affords enough nutrition for the body.
Recent studies have shown that a well-balanced vegan diet is just as healthy, if not healthier, than those that are not plant-based. The main concerns that non-vegans have when making the transition to a vegan diet is getting enough protein and iron. These two things are found most often in meats, especially beef, and dairy products like cheese.
In fact, there are plenty of foods available to vegans that supply even more protein and iron than you would normally get from red meat and dairy products. Lentils, brown rice, spinach, and tofu all contain ample amounts of iron. Foods like almonds, chickpeas, peanut butter and soy milk all contain plenty of protein to keep the body more than satisfied.
Do Vegan/Vegetarian Diets and Camping Mix Well?
Of course! Vegan and vegetarian diets, while they have restrictions, are just as simple when camping if you have the right recipes, techniques, and ingredients.