Tip 1) Keep It Cool: First, let's start with a packing for your picnic. Make sure you have a cooler that's large enough to hold all of your cold food items. It's so easy for food to spoil in the heat and the last thing you want is for you or your family and friends to get sick. There's actually an art to packing a cooler: put the hard, cold stuff on the bottom, add ice, then the squashable stuff at the top. Also, if the cooler is half full, put some ice in a baggie or use frozen water bottles to fill it up. Space allows air to circulate which will not keep your food as fresh.
Tip 2) Stay Hydrated: Staying hydrated when outdoors in the summer heat is very important. Alcohol and soft drinks are don't hydrate and juice can be calorie-laden. Your best picnic beverage option is water and you can spruce up the flavor by adding lemon and orange slices. Just fill a pitcher with water and ice, add in some lemon and orange slices and let sit for a few hours before serving.
Tip 3) Incorporate Activity: Don't just lounge on your picnic blanket all day. If your park has a trail, take some time for a brisk walk. Or bring some sports equipment – like a soccer ball or football – and play a fun, competitive sport with your friends and family. You'll burn off some calories and have fun at the same time.
4) Focus on Power Foods: Forget the chips and junk food. Fruits, veggies, whole grains, non-fat dairy and protein can all be a part of a healthy picnic! At Weight Watchers we call these Power Foods …foods that are good for you and actually keep you satisfied longer.
If you are trying to lose weight, it's important to pack healthy snacks. Some ideal ones are a seasonal fruit salad, roasted almonds, baked chips and pretzels. In addition, we have here two fabulous picnic recipes that are light, healthy and satisfying.
The first is a Tomato, Basil & Smoked Mozzarella Salad. Tomatoes, fresh basil and low-fat smoky mozzarella go together beautifully. Add whole grain pasta and a splash of balsamic vinegar and you've got a delicious and light picnic pasta salad.
The second recipe we have here are Mini Pita Snackwiches. This recipe is full of fiber and fresh veggies. And it's so simple to put together.
Mini Pita Snackwiches
4 small whole wheat pita(s), toasted and halved
1/4 cup(s) store-bought hummus, three-pepper flavor
1/4 medium cucumber(s), cut into 24 slices
2 small fresh radish(es), cut into 12 slices
1/2 cup(s) alfalfa sprouts
Spread each pita half with 2 teaspoons of hummus. Fill each half with 3 cucumber slices, 3 radish slices and 1 tablespoon sprouts.
If you can't find three-pepper hummus (look in the natural-foods section of your supermarket, or try a natural food store), use regular hummus.
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