9 Healthy Foods For Your Next Picnic

Can’t get enough of healthy picnic foods

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Can’t get enough of healthy picnic foods.

Summer is all about outdoor dining, and while backyard BBQs and cookouts get most of the attention there’s something to be said about the humble picnic. Bringing back bouts of nostalgia, picnics are an easy way to enjoy a meal wherever you might be - no grill needed. From your backyard, to the beach, to your favorite park, these portable dinner parties are a fun way to get out of the house and celebrate the warmer weather with friends and family.

9 Healthy Foods For Your Next Picnic

But we can’t forget that summertime also means swimsuit season, and eating healthy meals is the best way to make sure your body is Baywatch-trim. Keep your next picnic menu on the healthy side of things with these 9 perfectly portable recipes.

Antipasto Salad

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Antipasto salad is the perfect filling yet healthy side for any low carb or paleo eaters at your picnic. In this recipe, bone-strengthening calcium comes from the addition of mozzarella, while filling pepperoni and artichokes round out the dish.

Beet, Basil, and Mint Salad

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Beets are high in many vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B, and C, potassium, magnesium, and iron, and they're a delicious addition to any picnic. Their vibrant colors and earthy flavors pair well with fresh herbs and citrus in this salad.