There is something about a picnic that just demands healthy eating. You are outside, enjoying the fresh air, and likely running around a bit as well. The last thing you want is a heavy meal weighing you down.
But just as with every other type of meal, it can be difficult to find healthy recipes for a picnic. To help you plan a healthy al fresco dining experience, try our picks for 5 healthy things to pack for a picnic below.
Chances are you are going to need something to snack on before or after the meal. Rather than grabbing a bag of greasy chips, make these veggie chips yourself. If you are not a fan of salt and vinegar, there are plenty of ways you can change up this recipe to tailor it to your tastes.
Salads are ideal for dining outdoors, and this cobb egg salad is an interesting twist on the usual cobb salad. You can use this as a side dish or make it the main meal by bringing along a baguette, cracks, or tortillas to serve it with.
Looking for a lighter salad? This tomato, cucumber, and feta salad does the trick. If not everyone is a fan of feta, you can always substitute a milder cheese, such as mozzarella. Don’t be afraid to play with mix ins either, such as nuts and seeds.
The key to a main dish for a picnic is that it must be easy to eat. These pinwheels require no forks, knives, or spoons and are easy to transport and serve. While we love this recipe, there are so many different types of pinwheels that you can switch things up or even serve more than one.
Finally, dessert is a must, and this dessert keeps things both tasty and light. While this recipe uses specific fruits, you should opt for whatever is in season, and don’t be afraid to try different flavors of yogurt. Just watch their sugar content.