5 Healthy Picnic Ideas That Taste Fantastic

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Healthy picnic ideas,. Gathering the family together for a picnic is a great excuse to enjoy warm summer weather or to cozy up near the fire during winter.

An important part of a great picnic is an attractive picnic basket filled with healthy, delicious food that your family will gobble up.

Impress friends and family at your next get-together by making one of these healthy picnic ideas that taste amazing!

5 Fantastic Recipes for Healthy Picnic Food

These five easy, healthy picnic recipes will make a great addition to your menu when packing for the ultimate picnic.

Appetizer

Spicy Watermelon Bruschetta

For a fun twist on this fan-favorite, use fresh fruit instead of the tomato.

Serving size: 6-8 pieces

Ingredients:

Half a large baguette cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 cup diced watermelon
  • one tbsp. minced red onion
  • una tsp. minced jalapeno

4 mint leaves finely chopped, reserve about a tsp.

juice from half a lime

1 tbsp. olive oil

1/8 tsp. salt

Directions: Prepare the baguettes before you leave by preheating the oven to 350?F. Place the slices of bread in the oven for 3-5 minutes or until they appear golden and crispy. To make the topping, mix the watermelon, jalapenos, red onion, mint, lime, salt, and olive oil in a bowl with a tight-fitting lid. At the picnic, top each piece of crusty bread with a spoonful of the watermelon mixture and top with the reserved mint leaves. Keep the topping cool until serving.

Salad

Caprese Pasta Salad with Cherries

Speaking of caprese, modernize this classic healthy picnic recipe by adding in fresh summer cherries and arugula.

Servings: 10 cups

Ingredients:

12 oz dry pasta of your choice, cooked per package instructions

8 oz pitted and quartered cherries

8 oz fresh mozzarella cut the same size as the cherries

2 lightly packed cups of arugula

3/4 cup torn basil

1/4 cup olive oil + 1 tbsp.

2 1/2 tbsp. good balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp. finely diced shallot or red onion

1/2 tsp. honey or maple syrup

Directions: Wisk together the shallots, honey, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil in a small bowl. Place the cooled, cooked pasta in a large container with a sealable top. Add the dressing and mix. Add the basil, arugula, mozzarella, and cherries and stir to combine. Keep cool until serving.

Main Dish

Smoked Salmon Wraps

Make your standard wrap a little fancier by filling it with smoked salmon and a little healthier by using a low-carb wrap. For the best taste, make these the same day of your picnic.

Servings: 4 wraps

Ingredients:

4 8" low-carb tortilla wraps

8 oz. smoked salmon

4 tbsp. cream cheese

4 tbsp. minced red onion

8 oz. fresh greens like arugula or spinach

4 tsp. dried or fresh basil

4 pinches of pepper

Directions: Mix together the pepper, basil, and cream cheese. Spread the mixture equally over the tortillas and sprinkle with red onion. Place 2 oz of smoked salmon and fresh greens on each wrap. Roll up the wrap and keep chilled until serving.


Dessert

Three-Ingredient Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Combine these three family favorites into an even tastier and healthier alternative.

Serving size: 12-15 cookies

Ingredients:

2 large ripe bananas

1 3/4 cup quick cook oats

1/2 cup white, dark, or milk chocolate chips

Directions: Preheat your oven to 350?F. In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Add in the oats and mix well. Gently fold in the chocolate chips. Place 2 tbsp. of the mix in rounds approximately 1" apart on a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Bake for 15-20 minutes until set and golden brown. Remove from oven and cool. Store for up to two days in an airtight container.

Drink

Peach Raspberry Iced Tea

Stay cool during your picnic with refreshing peach raspberry iced tea that both kids and adults will love!

Serving Size: 1 gallon

Ingredients:

16 bags of black tea

5 cups fresh or frozen raspberries

10 peaches or 5 cups of frozen peaches

Sugar or honey to taste

Mint leaves to garnish

Directions:

  • Boil 1 gallon of water and place all tea bags inside (Let them steep at least 5 minutes).
  • While the tea cools, peel the peaches and chop into small pieces. (If using frozen fruit, bring to room temperature.)
  • Blend the fruit until smooth and strain through a sieve.
  • Combine the sweetener, cooled tea, and fruit puree in a large container and refrigerate until chilled.
  • Serve with ice, fresh fruit slices, and mint leaves.

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