When you think of picnics you think of delicious food, family, friends, outdoor activities. It’s a great way to get outside to enjoy the weather and get some exercise.Many conventional picnic foods really pack a punch when it comes to calories, fat, salt and sugar. But you don’t have to ditch the picnic all together. Instead, try streamlining your picnic basket with some healthier food alternatives.
Dessert at a picnic usually is sweets. But try the natural sweetness of fruit salad as a healthy twist. A combination of sweet fruits topped with coconut pieces or served with a fruit dip satisfies the sugar craving.
When it comes to drinks, opt for bottled water or juices. Sugar free flavor packets can be mixed into bottled water for a fruity drink if you don’t want to drink juice. If picnickers will be active, water offers better hydration than soda drinks.
A picnic doesn’t have to equate to a departure from a healthy eating regimen. Nutritious menu items can be managed even on the grill. Pre-planning can keep the menu more nutritious but just as delicious, not to mention simple and stress-free.
Try these top 10 Healthy Picnic Foods:
- Hummus and Pita
- Grilled Burgers
- Roast Chicken
- Whole Grain Sandwiches
- Tossed Salads
- Veggie Packed Pasta Salads
- Grilled Vegetables
- Angel Food Cake with Strawberries
- Fruit Kabobs
Picnics are also a great opportunity for physical activity. Add some healthy food options and you’re bound to have a great day.
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