Picnics are one of the best outings free time can buy, but they can also wreak havoc on your diet. Picnics generally consist of chips and dip, crackers with salami and cheese, peanut butter pretzels, beer and wine; essentially a calorie party in a picnic basket.
Don’t let your goal of staying in shape and in good health ruin your plan to have a perfectly pleasant picnic.
Listed below are a few ways to pack for your picnic without plunging into diet suicide.
One of the tastiest treats made popular by egg lovers all around are the creamy (and unfortunately fattening) Deviled eggs. Made with an abundance of mayo, there is a healthier way to enjoy this snack without all the fat;
Scoop out the egg yolk(s) and place them in a bowl. To each yolk use an equal amount of plain fat free Greek yogurt and mustard. Add red peppers, garlic, salt and pepper to the yogurt/mustard mixture and scoop a spoonful of it into the empty yolk-hole in the egg white. Add a few drops of hot sauce and paprika to taste.
CRUSTLESS SPINACH AND HAM QUICHE CUPS
Pre-heat over to 350.
Mix together Spinach (10oz frozen, 2-3 minutes in microwave then drained), ¾ cup low fat shredded cheese, ¾ cup egg beaters, 1 tsp green chili’s, ¼ cup chopped green peppers, 2 tbls chopped mushrooms, 2/3 cup chopped onions, 2 slices of lean ham (or low fat turkey if preferred) cut into one inch slices.
Whip spinach mixture together in a big bowl and scoop evenly into a non-stick muffin pan, making twelve little quiches.
Serve hot or cold with a little hot or mild sauce.
KALE CHIPS, VEGGIES, and HUMMUS
Kale chips are a great heart-healthy alternative to potato chips or crackers, using only Kale, olive oil and salt.
To make Kale chips, pre-heat your oven to 275. Place Kale leaves (cut into ½ to 2 inch pieces) onto on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil, season with salt, and bake for 20 minutes or until crispy.
OTHER EASY AND HEALTHY PICNIC SNACKS
• Whole wheat pasta salad with light Italian dressing (3 grams of sugar or less)
• Canned Tuna made with low-fat mayo, capers, dill and celery
• Whole wheat crackers with 3grams of fiber or more (brown rice Triscuits are great)
• Romaine lettuce wraps stuffed with light Jarlsberg swiss cheese, lean ham slices, light mayo and mustard
• Skinny Girl Cocktails and Wine for some picnic R&R