Eating outdoors under a blue sky with your friends or family can be great fun. But if you think of deep-fried
chicken, buttery biscuits, and potato salad swimming in mayonnaise when you think of a picnic, it's time to think again. Go ahead and indulge in a few of your favorite picnic or barbecue treats. If you've got to have ribs and corn bread, go easy on the barbecue sauce and butter. Then balance the meal with low-fat items like a green or fruit salad, grilled veggie kabobs, and sliced tomatoes. If all the food on your plate is the same color, your picnic could probably be healthier. back to top
What foods make a picnic healthy?
Here are some ideas for planning a healthy picnic:
How should I pack the food?
- Make lean beef, turkey, or ham sandwiches with condiments other than mayo.
- Try wraps loaded with lettuce, green peppers, tomatoes, cucumber slices, and other veggies. Add a little feta cheese, hummus, or low-fat bean dip for protein.
- Use low-fat mayo and mustard in your salads and slaws. Or make German-style potato salad with a little oil and flavored vinegar for a tangy taste.
- Make your own special picnic treats like orange walnut dip with wheat crackers or curry yogurt cheese spread for pita bread.
- To satisfy the munchies, bring baked corn chips and salsa, fresh veggies with yogurt dip, pretzels, or air-popped popcorn.
- For dessert, mix up a fresh fruit salad, top an angel food cake with cocoa glaze, or
slice big wedges of watermelon and have a seed-spitting contest. back to top
You don't want your picnic to end in food poisoning, so pack wisely. Wrap hot foods in aluminum foil and pack them in an insulated bag. Store cold foods in a cooler with ice. Keep all food covered until it's time to eat. back to top