Posted on June 23, 2021
Top Picks for a Healthier Picnic Basket
What could be better than rolling out a blanket and enjoying an al fresco lunch in the sunshine? Whether by the seaside, in the garden or at the park, we’ve got some great ideas for your picnic basket that are much tastier (and more nutritious) than a packed sandwich.
For a savoury snack that isn’t crisps, try roasted chickpeas. Drain two tins of chickpeas, pat dry then spread on a baking tray, drizzle on some oil and add a seasoning of your choice – this can include curry powder or paprika, which work well. Give it a mix and roast in the oven for 20 minutes at 200C/180C fan/gas 6 until golden brown. This is a perfect, delicious snack full of protein, keeping you fuller for longer.
Fruit and veg sticks
Perfect for dipping, fruit and veg sticks make an ideal light snack for sunny days. Slice apples, carrots and celery into sticks and whip up a homemade hummus to dip in.
A frittata can be customised with your favourite veg and prepared the night before for an easy, protein packed, nutritious and delicious picnic lunch. It’s just as tasty cold, so simply cut it into slices and serve. Eggs provide protein, B vitamins (especially high in vitamin B12) for psychological function and contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism. Eggs are also good sources of vitamin D and Vitamin A which contribute to the normal function of the immune system. Adding colourful vegetables can contribute towards your 5 a day, offering fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Fruity quinoa salad
High in fibre and protein and low GI (glycemic index), quinoa is a nutritious grain that’s also gluten free and makes a healthier alternative to rice. Combine with seasonal fruit like peaches or apricots, add freshness with mint and lemon juice, and you’ve got a perfect summer salad to enjoy outdoors.
Healthier scotch eggs
This recipe for healthier scotch eggs combines lentils and lean pork, which is then baked not fried, so you can still enjoy your favourite picnic snack without feeling guilty.
Combine 150g of fat free natural yoghurt with 100g grated carrot, 100g shredded cabbage, half a sliced onion, the juice of half a lemon, a teaspoon of sweetener and half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to create a lower calorie coleslaw that tastes just as good.
Freeze pureed fruit in ice lolly moulds to create healthier treats to help you cool down on a hot day. Watermelon and mango are mouthwatering options for a hint of summery, fruity flavour. To make it creamier, why not add your favourite yogurt to pureed fruit like mango and strawberries.