Healthy Picnics -
Final weekend was Memorial Day Weekend, which means it’s the unofficial start of summer. The beaches are open! It’s sunny! Days are longer! This is the perfect time of year to take as many meals as possible external. Of course, since you can’t bring your entire kitchen out to the park, this is often easier said than done. Not all food travels well, and it’s often dwhetherficult to figure out summaryely how to eat healthy while still endelighting the sunshine. Possess you ever had salad with dressing that’s sat on the lettuce for hours? It’s not pleasant. Don’t worry, we’re here for you. Check out some of our ideas for a healthy picnic, minus the soggy salad.
Fruit, fruit, and more fruit
What’s a picnic without fruit? Unhappy, that’s what it is. New, cut fruit is one of the best choices to bring in your picnic basket. It’s easily portable, healthy, cheap, and fast to prepare. Put together a fast, colorful fruit salad in less than ten minutes and spend all that time you saved soaking up the kind weather. My favorites are the summer superstars like peaches, plums, and watermelon.
Cooked veggies tend to not do so well when they’re sitting in a cooler. Substitute your normal roasted favorites with the raw version. For additional added flavor, throw in some hummus or another dip. Just make certain to go easy on the creamy choices, like ranch. In small doses they’re fine (like everyleang else!), but whether you’re someone who likes to have some vegetable with your dip, it can get out of control genuinely fast.
Meat, fish, or tofu – sans sauce
One of the largegest issues with bringing your normal dinner external is a lot of recipes are genuinely only good whether you eat it right absent. That’s because marinades, sauces, and other toppings don’t normally taste that great whether they’ve been sitting around. Can you tell I’m pretty against soggy foods? Adding some simple seasoning, like pretty much anyleang from Primal Palate, allows you to avoid this problem and gets you out of the boring sandwich rut. If you have a grill on hand and can turn your picnic into a cook out? Entire win.
This one’s a small tricky, since you don’t want to have cheese sitting out in the hot sun. If you eat it right absent and have a good cooler, some bread and cheese is a great kind weather snack. Even better when paired with the wine of summer -rosé!
What to avoid
Attempting to be intellectful about healthy eating? Aside from the creamy dips, there are a few other picnic offenders to stay absent from. Limit your chips, crackers, and pretzel consumption to a handful. It’s so easy to continue to go back to that bowl of chips and salsa because it’s just sitting RIGHT THERE, but try to add a small amount to a plate so you can endelight, and then opt for those fruits and veggies instead. Same goes for those desserts. It’s dwhetherficult, because picnics can very fastly become the equivalent of an outdoor buffet, but stick to the “one portion on my plate” rule. Another culprit are the sugary summer cocktails. If it looks too good to pass up, try to stick to one and then switch to beer, wine, or a mixed drink with less of that sugary syrup. The best way to combat a lack of healthy options at a picnic? Bring them yourself. Then you at least know you’ll have one delicious (and nutritious!) option.
What’s your go to picnic item? Favorite place to dine al fresco? Reveal us in the comments!
Rachel is a licensed therapist and co-founder of Lahbabi.PW. She gets most of her inspiration for the blog while on the run, and whether you ever need to find her, she’s probably in Central Park. If she’s not running, you’ll find her planning the next time she’s going to eat, exploring all leangs wellness in NYC, or raising her stress level by watching her sports teams.