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It’s summer and it’s definitely time to get out into the sunshine, stretch our legs and enjoy some good, clean summer foods. And what better way to do that then with a clean eating picnic!?
In this post, I’ll share with you some ideas for fun picnic goodies, and I can’t promise there won’t be chocolate involved. I mean, who goes on a picnic without just the teensy-tiniest bit of chocolate for dessert, hmmm??? Sacrilege!
I have to admit, I do not remember the last time I went on a picnic. But with our current economy being what it is, statistics show that picnics are on the rise! And why not? What a fabulous and economical way to spend a warm and fun-filled afternoon! Just remember a hat and some sunblock please. The only lobster attending this picnic should be the one you are going to eat.
So without further ado, here is a quick checklist of foods to take on your upcoming picnic.
WHAT GOES IN THE BASKET?
Finger foods. Picnics should be full of finger foods. That’s half the joy of a picnic! So don’t forget these fun, fabulous, finger foods:
- Chunks of melon
- Sun flower seeds
- Dried fruits – no added sugar please
- Cubes of hard cheese, like cheddar or jalapeño jack
- Clean eating crackers
- Whole grain pretzels
- Hard boiled eggs
- Kale Chips
- Small chunks of low-fat, hard cheeses
Drinks. If you’re going to play in the sun, you need to stay hydrated. Liquids are heavy to carry, but an important element of enjoying your day!
- Don’t forget to fill up your water bottles!
- A thermos full of ice tea – very refreshing.
- Lemon water is always a nice addition to any meal. Just cut a few slices into a large thermos, fill and go!
- Clean Eating Lavender Lemonade OR…
- Clean Eating Strawberry Lemonade
Main course. Let’s face it. Sandwiches are the quintessential picnic food. So lets start with some clean eating sandwich supplies!
- Whole grain bread, no added sugar please
- Mustard, no added sugar (yep, they put it in mustard now too.)
- Clean Ketchup
- Sliced fresh chicken or turkey breast
- Ground turkey patties
- Grilled portobello mushrooms
- Low fat cheese slices
- Pita bread (sometimes easier than regular bread on a picnic.)
Dessert. Okay, so I warned you. If those chunks of melon and other fruit are just not enough of a dessert for you, give these ideas a try.
While these are not food related, they certainly will go a long way to making your picnic more enjoyable.
- Band-aids (better safe than sorry)
- Frisbee or some other easily portable fun stuff