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Building a Healthier Picnic Basket: What to Include

Picnics are a great way to spend time with your friends and family. Whether it's a hike in the woods, a day at the beach, or a relaxing afternoon in the park, packing a picnic can be a fun and healthy way to enjoy the great outdoors. However, it can be challenging to pack healthy options that are both delicious and easy to transport. 

Here are some helpful tips when it comes to making your picnic as healthy and enjoyable as possible: 

Plan Ahead 

Planning is the key to a great picnic. Consider what you want to bring, how many people will be there, and any dietary preferences or restrictions. 

Choose Healthy Foods 

When it comes to packing a healthy picnic, focus on fresh, whole foods that are filled with nutrients. Here are some ideas for healthy picnic foods:

Fresh Fruits:

Bring an assortment of fresh fruits, including apples, strawberries, blueberries, and grapes. In addition to being delicious, they are also a great source of vitamins and antioxidants.

Veggies and Dip:

Chop fresh vegetables like bell peppers, carrots, and cucumbers and combine them with a healthy spread like hummus or guacamole.

Whole Grain Sandwiches:

Choose bread made with whole grains, and fill your sandwiches with lean protein like turkey or chicken and plenty of veggies.


Bring a salad with vegetables, fresh greens, and a protein like grilled chicken or tofu.

Nuts and Seeds:

Bring a variety of nuts and seeds, such as cashews, almonds, and pumpkin seeds. They are an excellent source of protein and good fats.


Carry a lot of water to stay hydrated all day. Slices of lemon or cucumber can also be added for taste.

Pack Smart 

When packing your picnic, it's important to pack smart. Here are some tips for packing a healthy picnic:

⦁ Use a Cooler: Use a cooler to keep your food fresh and safe to eat.

⦁ Use Reusable Containers: Pack your food in reusable containers to reduce waste. 

⦁ Bring Utensils: Remember to pack some plates, cups, and utensils. 

⦁ Pack Ice Packs: Ice packs keep your food cool and fresh.

⦁ Keep it Simple: Keep your picnic simple and easy to transport. Avoid bringing foods that are messy or difficult to eat.

Choose healthier snacks 

If you want to snack while enjoying the outdoors, choose healthy options such as raw veggies, nuts, dried fruit, and whole-grain crackers. These snacks are high in fiber and protein, which will help you feel full longer.

Stay hydrated 

Carry a lot of water with you to stay hydrated all day. Bring unsweetened iced tea, infused water, or coconut water if you want a refreshing substitute for soda or sweetened beverages.

Stay active 

Take a stroll or participate in outdoor sports like volleyball, hiking, or frisbee after your meal. Being active will keep you energized all day long.

You can create a tasty and nourishing picnic that the whole family will enjoy by making thoughtful preparations, selecting healthy foods, and packing your meals. So get your blanket and basket, then set out for a day of outdoor fun.

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