How to Pack a Diet Picnic

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Abby Campbell, BSc, SFN, SSN, CPT, is a leading professional fitness and nutrition expert, researcher, and published author of One Size Does NOT Fit All Diet Plan, one of Amazon's Top Gluten-Free and Weight Loss Diets. (You may read more about Abby at the bottom of this article.)

Learn how to pack a diet picnic that is healthy.
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Best Picnic Foods for Your Perfect Picnic

It's a beautiful day, and what better time to enjoy your perfect picnic with family and friends! But your memory jogs with unhealthy food options that usually accompany the picnic basket. You're trying to lose weight, get healthy, and don't want to ruin your diet. What shall you do?

Convenience foods don't always have to partner with picnics. There are many healthy picnic food options that you may enjoy. In fact, they may even seem naughty because they are so tasty. Your family and friends won't even feel intimidated by the best picnic foods you're about to indulge them with. Just enjoy those healthy options with them!

You can stay healthy and on track with your diet. Find out the best picnic foods to pack for your outing. Plan your picnic menu with these wonderful healthy picnic foods, and never feel guilty!

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Healthy Picnic Foods

You can diet healthy no matter whether you're eating at home, dining out, and venturing with family and friends at a picnic. Nutritious and balanced is the key for every meal and snack. Protein, carbohydrates, and fats are all important for weight loss as well as a healthy lifestyle. Below you will find a table that includes all healthy picnic foods to consider when considering your diet.

NOTE: Be careful with your dressings made with a mayonnaise base as this can spoil easily if you do not have a well-packed ice chest or cooler. Instead, use vinegar and citrus based dressings.

Following are a couple healthy picnic recipes for your convenience. If you need more servings, double or triple the ingredients. They are easy and quick enough to prepare, and some can even be prepared a couple of days ahead of time so that you're not rushing when packing up your family in the car.

Proteins
Veggies
Fruits
Essential Fats
lean beef burgers
veggie platter
fruit platter
cheese platter
lean beef kabobs
cherry / grape tomatoes
fruit salad
cheese slices (for burgers)
chicken tenderloins
broccoli salad
watermelon
almonds
roasted chicken
coleslaw
apples
cashews
turkey burgers
 
craisins
pecans
turkey meatballs
 
raisins
walnuts
deviled eggs
 
chocolate covered strawberries
avocado slices
 
 
 
olives
Turkey meatballs are great finger foods for your perfect picnic.
Turkey meatballs are great finger foods for your perfect picnic. | Source

Turkey Meatball Recipe

Turkey is lean on saturated fats, low in calories, yet high in quality protein. Try natural turkey that is free-range or organic for best taste.

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 medium chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • pinch black pepper

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients well.
  2. Roll mixture into balls.
  3. Broil approximately 4-5 minutes on each side.

Servings:

  • 10 people at 4 ounces each

Broccoli and golden raisin salad provides much nutrition.
Broccoli and golden raisin salad provides much nutrition. | Source

Broccoli and Golden Raisins Salad Recipe

Broccoli is a great source of nutrients. In fact, it is high in vitamin A, C, and folate which are all great for your immune system, as well as growth and development in children.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head fresh broccoli, chopped into bite-size
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Stevia in the Raw or granulate Splenda.

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients.
  2. Cover and chill in refrigerator for several hours.
  3. Can be made a couple of days ahead of time.

Servings:

  • Approximately 6-8.

Healthy Beverages for Picnics

Sodas and alcohol should be avoided on any weight loss diet. However, diet picnics don't have to be dull. You can still make refreshing and healthy beverages to pack. The traditional iced tea and lemonade are good choices. Instead of sweetening them with refined sugar, opt for Stevia or Splenda.

If you want to try something a little zingier, try iced teas infused with a little lemonade or cranberry juice. Instead of black tea, try iced green or white teas. You can even mix your lemonade with cranberry juice just to be a little edgier. Experiment and have fun!

Conclusion

Now that you have learned how to pack a diet picnic with healthy picnic foods, there are a few other tips that are important to the perfect picnic. Don't forget your tablecloth, plates, and utensils. Also, bring lots of napkins or a roll of paper towels for messes that can be cleaned up easily. Using disposable picnic wear is incredibly convenient, but you may want to consider using biodegradable products that are earth friendly. You may even want to bring matches or a lighter if you plan to barbeque your meats at the picnic area. Also, remember to keep certain foods on ice in a cooler to keep from spoiling. Nothing can be worse than you or your your child getting a tummy ache during all the family fun. Enjoy your perfect picnic with the best healthy foods that will keep you on track with your diet.

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About the Author

Abby Campbell, BSc, SFN, SSN, CPT, is a leading professional fitness and nutrition expert, researcher, and published author. For over 10 years, she has coached thousands of women locally and online to lose body fat and lead healthy lifestyles. Her clients have lost thousands of pounds, reclaimed health, and call her “Coach No Gimmick.” She is from Northern Virginia but now resides near Charlotte, North Carolina. Abby has been married for more than 20 years and has three grown daughters, one of which is autistic. She is a 20+ year cancer survivor.

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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

This is a great article, and perfect timing for the beautiful weather. It's nice to have some ideas and guidelines for a healthy picnic.

Voted up and sharing.


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Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Thank you, Kathryn. I am also looking forward to spending more time outdoors... going hiking... and packing picnics. :-)


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well that was clever, Abby! I have never seen a hub before about diet picnic lunches. Well done and the meatballs recipe is a keeper.


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Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Thanks, Bill. It is an "Exclusive!" ;) LOL. I appreciate your comment.


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lisa42 3 years ago from Sacramento

Thanks for the broccoli salad recipe. I've had it before, but didn't know how to make it, so now I can give it a try myself!


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Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Yes, please do, Lisa. It's a healthy version but still tastes so yummy. I think it's best after refrigeration for a few hours. I like mine cold. :-) Thanks for your comment.


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cathylynn99 3 years ago from northeastern US

will be taking the broccoli raisin salad to a group picnic next month. the turkey meatballs will go to family gatherings so red meat will not be the only choice. thanks.


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sarcasticdomestic 3 years ago

Excellent hub! I love the table of food options. I'm printing it and sticking it to my fridge. :)


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Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

That's great, cathylynn99. I appreciate your comment. Let me know how you like them. ;)


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Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Thanks, sarcasticdomestic. I appreciate your comment. If I can think of more foods in the future, I will add them. Glad I could help. :-)


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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

clever ideas! These picnic treats are great, healthy and fun filling for everyone. I love the lean burgers, veggies and coleslaw. I prefer meaty food that goes along with fresh veggies. Voted up


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Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Thank you, peachpurple! My fav are lean burgers and broccoli salad. When it comes to foods, the All-American burger it is!


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Sue Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

Some great suggestions here Abby. Voted up, useful and shared.


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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Hi Abby Campbell! This is really a very written full of info hub which I would definitely come back and have a look before an outing.


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Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Thank you, Sue. I appreciate your comment. :-)


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Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

I appreciate your comment, pinto2011. Thank you for stopping by. :-)


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love your suggestions for healthy picnic food. This is a great time of year to think of good foods to eat outdoors! Thanks for sharing the recipes, too. They sound tasty as well as healthy.


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Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Thank you for your comment, Alicia. Yes, this is the right time of year for picnics! I see you're in the Apprenticeship program. Good luck with everything! :-)

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