Healthy Picnic Meals
Heading outdoors to enjoy the weather through hiking a trail or visiting a park can be so fun for the kids and the whole family! Heck, you can even just pack a little lunch and have one right in your backyard for something different to do. Sometimes making different foods in a fun way can entice kids (and adults alike) into eating more of a variety. I’m going to share some Healthy Picnic Meals with you to keep you eating healthy…even at a picnic.
The one thing I see often is the reliance on cheap, easy, and fake foods. They are prepackaged and easy to throw into a cooler or picnic basket but they aren’t very healthy. There are ways to make foods easy AND healthy for you and your family. And, if you get them involved in the process of making these things, you’ll add more fun to the mix! You can do so much good for yourself by staying away from these foods and focusing on some of these Healthy Picnic Meals.
Now, you don’t have to be a chef or great cook to come up with these ideas. My idea is trying to make things simple as well as nutritious. These ideas aren’t really recipes, either. It’s just real, whole food ideas to keep you on track with your nutrition goals. Here’s a list to get you started but go ahead and use these ideas as a springboard to add more variety.
- Ants on a Log: Celery stalks with almond or peanut butter with either raisins or chocolate chips. This is an oldie but a goodie. Kids love them!
- Melon, Prosciutto, and Mozzarella Skewers. Add sweet chunks of honey dew melon to the salty taste of prosciutto with a little touch of mozzarella to balance it out – an odd but tasty snack.
- Berry Quinoa Salad. Have this made up ahead of time and it’s a great portable balanced snack or main dish. Click here for the recipe.
- Turkey and Veggie Pinwheels. These little guys are easy to customize with all kinds of different veggies or protein so experiment with how you like them best. Choose your favorite tortilla (or make your own) and add sliced turkey or chicken, Avocado mayo or Cream cheese (I like to use this coconut ranch dressing) and veggies like bell peppers trips, cucumbers, spinach and/or cabbage.
- Caprese Salad Skewers. I love this salad so much and making it into skewers makes it portable. There’s so many great varieties of grape or cherry tomatoes during the summer months as well. They are delicious. So add to skewers the mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil leaves and drizzle with a little basil vinaigrette.
- Dump Dinner. Now this is perfect if you’re using an actual picnic table and are camping. We’ve even done this with several families in the garage and works so well. We just do a combination of potatoes, corn, shrimp, kielbasa, pea pods and seasoning and literally dump it out on newspaper or a plastic table cloth and eat with our hands. The kids LOVE this idea and the prep and clean up is super simple. Here’s the dump dinner recipe.
Also, you’ll wanting to be packing your picnic in food safe containers. We get so many toxins from the packaging our foods are stored. It’s a good thing to reduce your exposure to these chemicals whenever possible. I love these stainless steel food containers. They’re called LunchBots and you can get them on Amazon through my Rock Bottom Recommends store. These are great for picnics or for when the kids are packing their school lunches. These are so much better than that disposable plastic stuff.
All of these ideas are pretty portable as well as follow my balanced eating guidelines. In particular, those who struggle with blood sugar imbalance or have symptoms of craving can benefit from combining proteins, carbs and fats at each meal or snack.
What other healthy picnic ideas to you prepare? Share in the comments below.
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