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Healthy Picnic Foods

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Healthy Picnic Foods

The temperature outside is getting warmer, which means it’s time to cut grass, go on walks, and enjoy the sun. There’s nothing quite like having a good picnic with friends and family on a beautiful day.

Let’s take a look at some picnic classics and easy ways to make them a little healthier:

  • Sandwiches and wraps:
    • Use whole grain breads, wraps, or tortillas.
      • You can even try lower carb, high protein and/or keto options.
    • Use light dressing (like light mayo or olive oil mayo)
    • Use healthier deli meats (sliced chicken, turkey, ham or roast beef)
    • Use lower fat cheese (mozzarella or lower fat versions on regular cheese)
    • Add veggies (spinach, avocado, tomato, etc.)
  • Recipes to make these picnic classics healthier:
  • Fruit:
    • Berries of all kind (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc)
    • Watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, melon cubes
    • Apples, orange, pear slices
    • Plums, cuties
    • Cherries
    • Grapes
  • Vegetables with a healthy dip on the side:
    • Baby carrots or carrot sticks
    • Celery
    • Sugar snap peas
    • Sliced peppers, radishes, cucumbers
    • Cherry tomatoes
    • Pair them with hummus or your favorite light dressing
  • Healthier snacks:
    • Cheese and meat platter (aim for lean meats and lower fat cheeses)
    • Whole grain or rice crackers
    • Low fat popcorn
    • Flex or Quest brand of chips
    • Nuts, seeds, dried fruits
    • Whole grain tortilla chips and salsa and/or guacamole
  • Healthier drink options:
    • Water (add berries, mint, lemon, oranges, etc. to make it more fun and flavorful)
    • Healthier carbonated beverages
      • Sweet options: Zevia, Virgil’s Zero Sugar, OliPop.
      • Not sweet option: LaCroix, Bubbly, SpinDrift, Perrier

Remember to enjoy your picnic too! Nutrition doesn't have to be perfectly healthy all the time! Enjoy those cookies or pie! Aim to live a life of moderation, enjoy your favorite foods, just make sure to go for a walk or play some sports afterwards!