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Healthy Camping Snacks – Midwest Goodness

If you’re looking for a quick and easy snack that you can pack for camping, check out these healthy camping snacks you can take on the go. Mason jar snacks are the perfect solution to making them easy to transport too! Planning them is easy, let me show you how!

Simply fill a mason jar with your favorite bites, seal it up, and you’re good to go. Best of all, mason jar snacks are easily customized to fit your taste preferences. Here’s how to build the perfect mason jar snack for camping:

Mason jar snacks for healthy camping snacks

Tips for Making Healthy Camping Snacks

With any snack, we want to have it include two food groups (protein and carbohydrate) – for both staying power and also for extra boosts in nutrition. Before we dive into the healthy camping snack ideas, I wanted to share some examples of protein and carbohydrate so you can get a sense of foods that fit those categories.


  • Hard cooked eggs
  • Peanut butter or other nut butters
  • Nuts and peanuts
  • Beans
  • Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, chia, flax)
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Seafood (tuna)
  • Poultry (chicken and turkey)
  • Red meat (pork, beef)


  • Whole grain crackers
  • Whole grain bread
  • Pita bread
  • Pita crackers
  • Whole grain tortillas
  • Pasta and rice
  • Fruit (fresh, frozen/thawed, dried, canned)
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Milk/yogurt (counts for both carbohydrate and protein)

Tips to Making Healthy Camping Snacks in a Mason Jar

Here are our tips to help you create a balanced and delicious portable snack in a jar.

First gather your needed supplies:

  • A variety of wide-mouth Mason jars with lids (both the disc lid and the outer rim)
  • Empty individual applesauce containers or purchase 2 ounce plastic containers
  • Rubber bands
  • Utensils of choice
Materials for mason jar snacks

Process of Making Healthy Camping Snacks in a Mason Jar

Fill 2 oz. cup with a smaller portion of food [nuts, seeds, hummus, dressing, etc.] and drop into the inverted rim of the lid. Place disc of lid on the mason jar and quickly invert 2 oz. cup with the rim on top. Twist to secure.

How to pack a mason jar snack

Special tips:

1⃣ Layer it Right: 
Start with a solid foundation by layering your ingredients strategically. Begin with a firm base like raw firm fruit [apples] and veggies [celery] plunged into a creamy dip like hummus, bean dip, or nut butter. 

Keep your ingredients fresh by packing your mason jar snacks strategically. Place delicate foods like fruits on top to avoid getting mushy.

2⃣ Top it Off: 
Using 2 oz. plastic cups or cleaned applesauce containers, add granola or nuts as a topping to sprinkle when ready to eat. 

3⃣ Using a rubber band, secure a utensil, to the side of the Mason jar. It will be necessary for snacks like yogurt and convenient to scrape out any leftover creamy base.

Food Combinations for Healthy Camping Snacks

  • Fruit + nuts: Place easy-to-eat fruit, like berries or sliced oranges, in the bottom of a mason jar.
  • Vegetables + clingy dressing: Place cut-up vegetables in the Mason jar then fill 2 oz. cup with hummus, bean dip, or clingy dressing. Drop cup into jar top with lid and disc – twist to secure.
  • Yogurt + fruit + granola: Scoop the yogurt into a Mason jar and top with fruit. Follow the method for adding granola.
  • Fruit + nut butter: Place sliced fruit in a Mason jar and fill 2 oz. cup with nut butter. Drop cup into jar top with lid and disc – twist to secure.
  • Hummus with pretzels: Scope hummus or another bean dip into a short mason jar for easy dipping. Fill 2 oz. cup with preztels or crackers and drop cup into jar top with lid and disc – twist to secure.
Healthy camping snacks nuts and oranges

Pack these jars in your cooler as needed (especially if they have fresh fruit or dips or yogurt or vegetables in them) for food safety.

Healthy camping snacks fruit and granola and yogurt

Incorporating fruits and veggies into the healthy camping snacks make it easier to get those fruits and vegetables in!

Healthy camping snacks vegetables and dip

You can get your family involved as well. Have them pick their own combinations and pack them too! Plan for one snack per person per day.

Healthy camping snacks apples and peanut butter

With these snacks, your energy and metabolism will be at its best – because the combinations of foods you are putting together work best for optimal energy!

Healthy camping snacks hummus and pretzels

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healthy camping snacks in a mason jar