Packing a picnic and heading to the park or the beach are some of the best parts of summer. There’s something about laying out a blanket, unpacking your goodies, and eating while you soak up the sun. However, some traditional picnic foods such as fried chicken and potato salad can be detrimental to your waistline. Here are a few alternatives to lighten up your next family picnic.
Known as a great sidekick for veggies and crackers, this chickpea puree also serves as a tasty sandwich spread. It packs the protein found in the meats that might show up in your picnic basket, but has the added benefit of being high in fiber, which helps lower your cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Look for varieties (such as roasted red pepper or tomato and basil), or find a recipe for making your own version of the versatile staple.
3. Fruit kabobs
Another playful picnic snack is fruit on a stick. Simply choose your favorite fruits, chop into similar-sized pieces and stack on a skewer. Your kids can help prepare their own kabobs, which will encourage them to eat up once the picnic is laid out. For a sweeter treat, melt some chocolate and drizzle it over the kabobs before eating.