With summer in full swing, people are heading off to parks and beaches for the traditional family picnics. Going on a picnic does not mean you have to ruin your diet. You can enjoy delicious low-calorie meals without compromising taste and fitness.
Here are a few amazing healthy picnic ideas that won’t ruin your diet:
Take whole grain bread, layer it with oven roasted tomatoes, grilled chicken steak and bell peppers. You can skip the cheese and use guacamole instead. You can add chewy kale to enhance the flavor. If you feel grilled steak will be too heavy for a picnic, you can make a sandwich with goat cheese, avocados and radish. Just toast the bread after layering it with the ingredients so the cheese melts perfectly.
Salads are all about the colors. The more vegetables you add, the more colorful it becomes. Raw carrots, beets, cucumbers, broccoli, and radishes with an olive oil dressing will be crunchy and delicious. The color combination will attract your senses. You can top it with Dijon and coriander to make it spicier.
A healthy picnic basket is not complete without healthy beverages. Lemon iced tea and watermelon juices can be quite rejuvenating and refreshing when the mercury is rising and you are outdoors. You can garnish it with mint or use fresh peach puree to add a fruity flavor to your ice tea or drink. Green tea can be a healthy idea too, just add a pinch of lemon to it. It will detoxify your body and help cut the flab. The tangy flavor will also scintillate your taste buds. If you do not want to prepare drinks, just grab a bottle of the good old lemonade and you are good to go.
Scrumptious Low-Fat Desserts
Make a raspberry pie using raspberries, vanilla, honey and whole wheat flour. This pie is simply delectable and will leave you craving more without it being too heavy or fattening. You can also bake cakes with Greek yogurt and any fruit of your choice. The yogurt will keep you hydrated and the fruit will provide the desired flavor. You can also make cookies with oats, whole wheat flour and natural maple syrup.
You can also fill your healthy picnic basket with grilled beef skewers or baked chicken bites. Simply grill the beef with olive oil and salt. You can add other spices, such as garlic powder to tenderize the beef. Chicken bites can be baked directly by sprinkling olive oil and dashing the tray in the oven. These snacks will give you a protein boost without adding any calories.
So, there you have it – a few healthy picnic ideas that won’t ruin your diet.