Picnics are an easy way to enjoy a meal or day out in nature, but often it only gets to a couple of times a year, if any, despite the ease and affordability. So why not try to get out a bit more often?
If you are a picnic lover and haven’t been out for a while, here’s some suggestions of how to become a more frequent picnic goer as well as some quick 15 min picnic food ideas.
It’s very easy to get in the habit of not leaving the house much, so when the weather is good why not pack a picnic lunch or dinner and head down to the local beach or park even if it’s after work.
Instead of meeting your friends or family at a cafe or at home organise a picnic and catch up in nature instead. If you are spending the day maybe bring some some beach stuff and play a game of tennis, volleyball or other game, perhaps even a simple soccer ball.
Celebrate an event such as a birthday or public holiday with a picnic with family and friends. Bring a birthday cake or your favorite food and make the day special.
Healthy Picnic Food Ideas:
When it comes to picnic foods, preparation can be as easy or as hard (or healthy or unhealthy) as you want it to be. If you are short of time or just heading out for a quick evening picnic after work you wouldn’t want to have to spend to much time in the kitchen. Here’s some easy picnic food ideas in the form of sandwiches and salads – serve with rye/wholegrain bread:
Bean salad: Mix cooked beans (e.g. kidney beans, navy beans, chick peas) with chopped tomatoes, red onion, capsicum, parsley and season with olive oil or lime juice, salt and pepper.
Brown Rice and broccoli salad: Mix brown rice with fresh broccoli (barely cooked). Add some nuts (e.g. walnuts and pecan nuts), parsley, lemon, salt, pepper and olive oil and toss it all together.
Couscous: Add olive oil to cooked couscous and add chopped red onions, capsicum and some almonds. Add paprika, cumin salt and pepper.
Chicken mustard salad: If you have some leftover chicken why not make a chicken salad. Add some chicken to a garden salad (e.g. tomatoes, cucumber, capsicum, carrot, onion, cooked beans and add some mustard. Mix well.
Salmon avocado salad: Make an avocado salad and add smoked salmon (or canned salmon) and some lemon and dill. You may also add some olive oil and mixed nuts. If you like prawns you can also make it a prawn salad.
Tuna salad: Mix lettuce, cucumber, tomato, carrots, cooked beans/lentils and add tuna, olive oil, salt and pepper. Add eggs if you prefer.
Sandwiches: Make some quick chicken/ fish or salad sandwiches, or if you are very busy, buy a fresh hot organic chicken and some wholemeal rolls and a mixed salad and make the sandwiches there.
Green beans: Lightly steam or boil beans some they are still crunchy and add chopped red onion, olive oil, salt, pepper. Add feta cheese if you like.
Tomato salad: Slice tomatoes and add chopped onions, fresh basil, parsley, olive oil, cooked beans/lentils, feta cheese and olive oil.
Going picnicking doesn’t have to be complicated, the main thing is to get out, so I hope this has given you some inspiration. I am sure you can come up with many more picnic ideas, are you ready to go?
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