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Healthy Summer Picnic Ideas

Summertime offers priceless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family.  An old-fashioned tradition of having a picnic is a great way to spend an afternoon taking in all that nature has to offer.  Let’s explore some healthier options for food and beverage choices as you plan your picnic:

Typical Picnic Foods

Typical foods associated with an outdoor picnic are:

  • Fried chicken
  • Mayonnaise based salads and pasta’s
  • Hamburgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Desserts high in saturated fats

5 Healthier Alternatives for Your Picnic

However, the American Diabetic Association recommends making the healthier choices with which to fill our basket.  Here are some suggested alternatives:

  • Consider produce such as apples, oranges, peaches, or grapes instead of high fat desserts
  • Create a cold vegetable salad with carrots, broccoli, and radishes instead of a mayonnaise based salad
  • If you plan on grilling, consider taking along some peppers and onions as toppings or sides
  • Instead of ground beef for hamburgers consider trying turkey burgers or veggie burgers
  • For those who simply need to have a hot dog (you know who you are!) consider the low-fat version of your favorite brand

Planning these small changes to meals in your picnic won’t take away any of the fun and will help to build patters of long-term health with yourself and those you that you care about.

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