Healthy Picnic Ideas For Enjoying a Healthy Picnic
As summer approaches and the days get longer and warmer, the temptation to call up your friends, pack your picnic hamper and head to the park becomes greater and greater. However, this this classic summertime activity typicallydoesn't do anything to help your summertime shape, especially when you pack in the fried chicken, potato salad, chips and pie. So how can you still enjoy this institution without committing a cardinal diet sin? Through careful planning and packing healthier alternatives to the traditional picnic foods you can still savor those summer afternoons spent with friends and not let your diet plan fall to the wayside. For smarter options, try any of the following:
Healthy Picnic Tip No 1.
Replace the classic fatty main dishes with equally filling but lower fat options, such as grilled chicken breasts, or kabobs made out of lean chicken, lamb, fish, or beef intermixed with vegetables and fruit. For sauces, avoid fatty mayonnaise based versions and go for lighter ones such astzatziki, hummus, or picante salsas.
Healthy Picnic Tip No 2.
Make vegetables more interesting by keeping some light spreads and dips in your picnic hamper. Low-fat cottage cheese mixed with chopped olives and your choice of spices is a healthy and easy way to mix up plain old celery and carrots. And if you're feeling decadent, adding a small dash of caviar on top is an excellent option with some notable health benefits. Caviar is a rich source of vitamins A and D, as well as omega-3 fatty acids.
Healthy Picnic Tip No 3.
Substitute mayo-heavy potato or egg salad for a healthy and tasty tuna salad. Take a can of tuna, add salt and pepper, a tablespoon of relish, one chopped hard-boiled egg, and just enough light mayo to keep it all together. This is equally enjoyable, but will save you countless calories.
Healthy Picnic Tip No 4.
For dessert, avoid sugary pies or pastries and opt for sweet and juicy fresh fruit. Strawberries, raspberries, grapes, nectarines, melon, or apples are all excellent options. Try to avoid dried options as they are usually very processed and artificially sweetened. Opting for fresh fruit instead of a more traditional dessert saves all the calories and fat from the butter and added sugar. Not to mention, then you can feel free to enjoy a fat-free sorbet later in the day, guilt-free!