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Pack a healthy summer picnic

Try these delicious recipe ideas for your next picnic.

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July is National Picnic Month. When packing for a picnic, sometimes our first instinct is to grab what is within reach. This isn’t always the healthiest choice. Believe it or not, it’s easy to pack a healthy picnic without losing out on time or flavor. Try these delicious recipe ideas for your next picnic.

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Breakfast wrap

Place scrambled eggs, feta cheese and baby spinach in a whole wheat wrap.

Bonus: Spinach has vitamins A and C, which both help you to fight illness. Vitamin A is important for good vision and healthy bone growth. Vitamin C is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in your body. It also helps to heal wounds.

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Quinoa tomato salad

Combine cooked quinoa, scallions, feta cheese and sliced grape tomatoes in a container.

Bonus: Quinoa is high in protein and will keep you fuller longer. Tomatoes are packed with essential vitamins that your body needs.

Avocado pita

Place turkey slices, low-fat cheddar cheese, baby spinach and sliced avocado in a whole wheat pita.

Bonus: Avocados have many health benefits. They contain countless vitamins, like vitamin E, which is important for healthy skin and hair. They are also high in heart-healthy fats and fiber, and contain more potassium than a banana.

Hummus platter

Pack your favorite type of hummus, along with veggie slices for a protein-fueled snack. Try bell peppers – a great source of vitamin C.

Greek yogurt

Pack your favorite Greek yogurt and top it with berries or granola for a satisfying yet healthy dessert.

Don’t forget the water

Make sure you also pack plenty of water to stay hydrated in the heat. Try adding fruit slices for added flavor.

Keep it fresh

Pack all food in a cooler filled with enough ice to keep it fresh.


Sources:

  • ChooseMyPlate.gov
  • Fruits and Veggies More Matters