Healthy Food Ideas for Picnics

You know what the best weekend activity is? Picnics. You can never go wrong with a relaxing stroll at the park or the beach, and then laying that blanket down for a sumptuous picnic feast.

It is such a cool thing to do that people always make detailed plans and make the necessary preparations to make it exciting. They would not just prepare food, they would also bring board games, instruments, books, and stereos. And would you believe that there are hosts to picnics, as well? These are the people who researched the best picnic spot, planned the menu, and so on.

But I think we can all agree that the food always has the spotlight. It can range from big dishes complete with some of our favourite sides like rice or bread or easy meals that are light to the stomach. However big your packed food are, nothing beats good ol’ healthy treats for a comfortable picnic. Here we list down some healthy food ideas you can bring for your picnic.

Tuna or Chicken Pinwheels with Vegetables

Pinwheel food is basically a roll up with a lot of spirals in between fillings. For this pinwheel food, you can use Tuna or Chicken. Both are good sources of protein and very light to the stomach so you can still take an after-meal walk. You can put red and yellow bell peppers, cabbage, and baby spinach. Add powdered spice of your choice to give it that extra kick.

Lean Ham Sandwich

There are lots of ham you can use for this sandwich, actually. But if you want one that is low in fat but still has that taste we love, choose lean ham. You can use wheat bread for this sandwich, and with the lean ham, pack it with cucumber, carrot, avocado, tomato, and cabbage. You can also sprouts to give it that extra crunch and height!

Potato Salad with Herbs

A classic fixture in any food gathering, and they are very easy to prepare. But for this potato salad, instead of using mayonnaise, you can use vinaigrette and bright onions to give it taste. Add in cut apples, chickpeas, and chopped herbs.

Salmon Wrap

Using burrito wraps or whole-wheat flatbread, fill it with arugula, thinly sliced cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, and then smoked salmon. You can indulge yourself a bit and use a small dollop of sour cream, cream cheese, or Greek yoghurt.

Fruit Kebabs

Choose fruits that are not too wet like cantaloupe, apples, kiwis, and grapes. Skewer them on a stick, and then voila! A kebab of your favourite fruits. With this one, you can also indulge a bit by putting honey on the fruits to give it an added layer of taste.

Avocado Sushi

When you are outside, raw fish-based sushi may not be the most ideal food to bring since it is going to be exposed to sweltering heat. But sushi made of avocado, cucumber, mango, and sweet potato may just do the trick. You can use normal Japanese rice with it, or try sticky rice cooked in coconut milk.

These are easy to prepare food ideas that are healthy and perfect for a wonderful picnic with friends and family!

Mamasita Amber
Mama of three children and proud new mama of a standard poodle named Prince Miguel.

16 Responses to “Healthy Food Ideas for Picnics

  • I love doing picnics in the fall- and being a part of the changing leaves! Your ideas are so good, especially the fruit kabobs! Fun and healthy and easy to eat!

  • Yum! These are great ideas! I definitely am going to try the sushi and the salmon roll up ideas.

  • The avocado sushi sounds amazing! I can’t wait for the weather to cool down a little so we can start having picnics again.

  • Such good ideas, you make me want to pack a picnic just to have the delicious food… We don’t do this enough… thank you for the tips… Karen

  • These are all great ideas. I love taking picnics with my little girl. So fun.

    Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    5 years ago

    These are all awesome ideas. I haven’t been on a picnic in ages.

  • Picnics are hard when you don’t eat grains. I have been just bringing some good lunch meat, some cut veggies, and some fruit for myself. I love going on picnics during the summer!

  • These are great ideas! I especially like the salmon roll idea, and sushi is a no-brainer! We just went on a picnic the other day. We had salad rolls, corn salad, and fruit. It was perfect!

  • Fall picnics are so much fun. You can tailgate or take something to the park where it is not too hot or buggy.

  • I love picnicking with my family, and I’m a bit of a stickler about bringing healthy, stable energy foods. The fruit kabobs sound like a fun and yummy idea. I can’t wait to try some of these the next time we go out.

  • I love to go for picnics its so simple yet so satisfying. I love the sound of fruit kebabs and potato salad!

  • I can not remember the last time I went on a picnic!! I love these ideas, the fruit kebabs sound amazing!

  • I think these are such good ideas! It’s a nice way to change it up from the “normal” picnic foods that people usually eat!

  • My kids love a great picnic in the backyard or at the park! Would never have thought of the avocado sushi!

  • I am feeling so inspired to have a picnic. I’m just waiting for it to cool down just a little in NY. This summer has been unbearable. I always try to pack wraps on picnics.

  • I’m liking these ideas. I think a lot of them would be perfect for outdoor meals on the patio too!

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