Healthy Picnic Food Ideas

Looking for healthy picnic food ideas? Hot dogs and burgers will seem oh-so-boring compared to the explosion of flavors you’ll enjoy with these recipes.

These healthy picnic recipes are from the award-winning chefs at the Pritikin Longevity Center, who are dedicated to creating dishes that are not only the healthiest on earth but also the tastiest.

Summertime and the living is easy, especially with these healthy picnic foods.

Summertime and the living is scrumptious, especially with these healthy picnic foods.

Healthy Picnic Food Ideas – Veggie Appetizers

Our chefs’ healthy picnic tips begin with lots of great crunch from fresh veggies – the perfect appetizer for your waist and overall health, counsel Pritikin’s dietitians in nutrition workshops at the health resort.

Pack your cooler with all kinds of crisp, snappy delights like cherry tomatoes, radishes, asparagus tips, baby carrots, and celery.

Pack up, too, healthy dips like our chefs’ Pineapple Hummus Dip – “a hands down winner in our dining room,” smiles Pritikin’s Executive Chef Anthony Stewart.

Pineapple Hummus Dip
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Many store-bought hummuses pack in about 400 milligrams of sodium per half cup; this deliciously tangy Pineapple Hummus Dip has 1/10 the sodium.
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  1. Puree all ingredients in food processor.
  2. If mixture is too thick, add 1 tablespoon water.
  3. Serve with raw vegetables.

Healthy Picnic Food Ideas – Potato Salad

Wants loads of punchy potato salad flavor but without all the fat? Try our Pritikin chefs’ fantastic fusion of potatoes, fat-free sour cream, dill, and Dijon.

Healthy Picnic Food Ideas – Chicken Veggie Burgers

Who needs beef? In meals at the Pritikin health resort, palates open up to brand new pleasures like our Chicken Veggie Burgers.

Chicken Veggie Burgers
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Instead of the classic hamburger or cheeseburger, loaded with artery-clogging saturated fat, opt for this delicious chicken veggie burger that has just 1/2 gram of saturated fat! Sandwich this burger between two pieces of whole grain bread or eat it without, and you’ve got a Pritikin-approved barbecue dinner.
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  1. *Pritikin All-Purpose Seasoning can be made at home by blending all equal parts (except paprika, use half) granulated onion, granulated garlic, salt-free lemon pepper seasoning and paprika. It can also be purchased online.
  2. Use a food processor to chop chicken until well ground.
  3. In a nonstick skillet on medium-high heat, sauté onions, celery and carrots for about 3 minutes, until translucent. Let cool.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground chicken, sautéed vegetables, jalapeno, garlic and Pritikin All-Purpose Seasoning.
  5. Combine until fully incorporated. Mix in bread crumbs if desired.
  6. Use your hands to form 8 4-ounce patties.
  7. Grill patties, searing on each side until they’ve reached preferred doneness.
Recipe Notes

* Make your own Pritikin All-Purpose Seasoning by blending granulated onion, granulated garlic, salt-free lemon pepper, and paprika, all equal parts except paprika (cut paprika in half). You can also purchase our chefs’ Pritikin All-Purpose Seasoning online. Or call 800-327-4914 and ask for the Pritikin Store.

Healthy Picnic Food Ideas – Fruit

Outdoor picnics often occur at the height of fruit season, so take advantage of nature’s bounty. Fresh fruit like berries, melons, and mangoes are luscious all on their own, no tinkering needed. But if you’re feeling adventurous, try our Berries ZaZing!

Berry ZaZing!
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Enjoy desserts with a bit of bite? You'll love this fanciful combination of berries, mangoes, papayas, Dijon mustard, garlic, and cilantro.
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  1. In a food processor, blend all ingredients till smooth.
  2. Serve in parfait glasses, or, for a picnic, little plastic cups will do.
Recipe Notes

For a creamy touch, dollop each Berry ZaZing! with a little nonfat, no-sugar-added vanilla yogurt, Greek style or regular.

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