How You Making Picnic Healthy?

By: preeti tholia


When deciding the menu for a picnic, the name of the game is tasty. But, tasty doesn’t have to equate to unhealthy. A picnic menu can be just as nutritious and easy as a meal you would prepare at home.

Picnic appetizers keep guests from going stir crazy while they wait for the grill to fire up. Prepare or buy a container of veggie dip. If you buy the dip, buy the light variety. For more detail go to: www.america-gardener.com. When preparing a dip, opt for ranch seasoning mix and a container of low fat sour cream. The taste is just as flavorful minus all of the extra calories.

To accompany your dip, try a raw vegetable platter. Vegetables are lighter than chips and they won’t adversely impact your waistline if you eat too many. Preparing the vegetables the night before leaves you less to do the day of the picnic. Vegetables can be sliced into decorative chips with a crinkle cutter for added flare.

If the little ones require salty snacks, opt for the baked variety. Most snack companies make a baked, lower fat alternative of their popular snacks. Even better, one hundred calorie snack bags will keep them from consuming too many of their favorite snacks.

Frozen burger patties don’t have to be diet busters. Choose from turkey burger patties or 98% lean hamburger. These substitutions are full of flavor and will benefit your family’s health. When dressing the burger, add a generous slice of tomato, onion, and/or lettuce.

The more food items you can prepare ahead of time, the calmer the actual picnic will be. Chicken breast or seafood kabobs can be bought fresh directly from the meat department of the local grocery store. Keep them cool until ready to toss on the grill. A side dish of brown rice can be served with the kabobs for a complete meal.

Dessert at a picnic usually consists of cake or some other sweet confection. Fruit salad is a healthy option on dessert. A combination of sweet fruits topped with coconut pieces or served with a fruit dip satisfies the sugar craving. Try grilled fruits like pineapples or peaches for a tangy tasting dessert.

When it comes to drinks, stick with bottled water or juices. For more detail go to: www.auto-cons-.com. Sugar free flavor packets can be mixed into bottled water for a fruity drink if you don’t want to drink juice. If picnickers will be active, water offers better hydration than soda drinks.

A picnic doesn’t have to be the end of a health conscious eating regimen. Healthier menu items can be managed even on the grill. Pre-planning can keep the menu light not to mention simple and stress-free.

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