Are you planning an outside picnic this spring, summer, or fall? Picnics are a fun way to socialize with family and friends (or a date!). Plus, packing your own food can be MUCH healthier than eating out at a restaurant.
Continue reading to get healthy picnic food ideas.
Shopping Tip for Picnic Foods to Buy: Buy everything you need from Whole Foods via Amazon Prime to make picnic food shopping easy. Order the day ahead of time and have everything delivered to your home. Whole Foods delivers food in refrigerated bags, which makes packing for a picnic super easy!
Healthy Picnic Foods to Buy – Picnic Foods Ideas
Here are easy to order, healthy picnic foods.
1. Fruit: Sliced Apples or Clementines for Easy to Pack Picnics
Apples are packed with fiber and clementines are high in vitamin C.
Both fruits make for a healthy picnic food. Plus, they are easy to pack!
2. Vegetables: Cucumbers and Tomatoes for Your Picnic Foods List
Grape tomatoes are great to pack for picnics because you don’t need to cut them up!
Cucumbers are super low in calories and tomatoes are high in vitamin C.
3. Protein: Sliced Turkey as a Healthy Picnic Food to Buy
Peppered turkey breast is prefect for a healthy charcuterie board, and much healthier and lower in fat than salami, sausage, and prosciutto.
If you want to indulge, buy the prosciutto. It’s still healthy!
4. Picnic Entrée: Turkey Wrap or Veggie Rolls
If you want a more substantial picnic food, get a sandwich or a wrap with lean chicken or turkey from Whole Foods.
If you are vegetarian, get a veggie roll.
5. Healthy Carbohydrates: Gluten Free Wheat Free Crackers for Picnic Foods Made Easy
A picnic isn’t a picnic without some crackers to snack on!
Unlike other crackers, the Mary’s Gone Crackers have fiber (3 grams) and are low in saturated fat. Plus, they are gluten free, wheat free, and organic!
6. Beverage: La Croix for Your Picnic List
You can’t go wrong with La Croix. It will be a crowd pleaser at any picnic.
La Croix is a healthy beverage with zero calories and no fake sugars added. Plus, La Croix is easy to pack for a picnic day at the beach.
7. Something Sweet at a Picnic: Blueberries
There’s nothing like fresh blueberries. They aren’t a dessert…but hey! They are sweet, healthy, and a fun treat.
Picnic Foods that Don’t Need Refrigeration
You are in luck if you are in search of healthy picnic foods that don’t require refrigeration. Pack the following foods and snacks for a picnic that won’t spoil in the heat.
1. Almonds – Healthy Snack for Picnics
Almonds are high in protein and healthy fats. Order the salted almonds if you like extra flavor.
2. Olives – Great Picnic Food
Olives are a healthy snack with vitamin E and antioxidants. Just make sure to buy the pitless olives!
3. Smoked Salmon – High Protein, Healthy Picnic Food
Smoked salmon is high in protein and filled with healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. Keep it cool, and then toss it into your picnic bag. An extra benefit…smoked salmon is light weight!
4. Apples – a Great Picnic (or Anytime!) Healthy Snack
Most people like Fuji apples. They are slightly sweet, high in fiber, and crunchy.
5. Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwich – No Fear of Spoilage in the Heat!
Go with a peanut butter and banana sandwich if you want a tasty picnic sandwich. A PB&B sandwich is simple, quick, and easy to pack for a picnic. Plus, the peanut butter packs protein and the banana has potassium.
Picnic Foods for Date – Picnic Food Ideas for Two and Couples
Are you planning a date and searching for picnic foods to pack?
Check out this article by Dating Snippets for picnic food ideas to pack on a date. You can also find a picnic food list for couples.
Picnic Food Ideas for Larger Groups
If you are planning a picnic for a larger group, you’ll want to include kid-friendly picnic food and filling pasta salads. Pasta salad isn’t healthy, but it is popular among larger crowds.
Best Picnic Foods for Larger Crowds
The best picnic foods for large crowds include a HUGE watermelon (because when else can you eat a whole one?), potato salad (even if it isn’t super healthy), a vegetarian lasagna with cheese, and a big cake (because it’s fun!).
Healthy Picnic Food List
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Download the list of healthy picnic food ideas.
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