What could be a better way to spend a beautiful spring day with your family and friends than a good old fashioned picnic in the park? Unfortunately many staple picnic foods are laden with unhealthy fats and sugar. I’ve personally tested all these healthy and easy to make picnic ideas. Not only are they easy to make and picky kid approved, but they’re also sophisticated enough for an adult picnic too.
Watermelon feta skewers:
Cube (or make melon balls) of seedless watermelon, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil(optional for picky kids) and alternate of wooden or reusable skewers. Drizzle with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Yogurt cream cheese and cucumber wraps:
It sounds complicated, but yogurt cream cheese is a healthy alternative to regular cream cheese and is surprisingly easy to make. See the recipe I used here. Whole Foods also sells a pre made version. Spread yogurt cream cheese on whole grain tortilla with slices of cucumber, roll and enjoy.
Almond butter and fresh strawberry sandwiches:
As easy as it sounds, spread almond butter on whole grain bread and top with fresh sliced strawberries. Almond butter provides a great source of protein and healthy fats and fresh strawberries are the perfect way to get vitamin C, minus all the preservatives and sugar of most jams.
Ants on a log with a twist:
Hummus is high in iron and vitamin C and also has significant amounts of folate and vitamin B6. The chickpeas make it a good source of protein and dietary fiber and the sesame seeds, which are an excellent source of amino acids complement the proteins in the chickpeas. Spread hummus on celery sticks and top with raisins. There are many great store bought varieties available or try this recipe here
Made with avocado and edamame, this guacamole variation is both creamy and fresh. Plus the edamame adds a great source of protein. Serve with raw vegetables like celery, carrots and radishes for dipping or alongside baked pita chips as a healthy snack or appetizer. See how easy it is to make here.