Ah summer – the perfect time of the year to grab a blanket and head for your nearest beach or park and enjoy eating al fresco (just check the weather forecast first – it’s been a tad hit or miss lately!). Having a picnic lunch or dinner is a great way to relax in the shade, or soak up the sun, and enjoy these long days – just don’t forget the SPF.
Packing a picnic basket full of nutritious and delicious paleo picnic food doesn’t need to be a huge effort. PICK + PALEO has some great ideas of how to replace the regular sandwiches and chips with fabulous, healthy fare.
- Make a fruity salad – chop up apples, add celery and raisins with a squeeze of lemon juice
- Vege sticks with a dip or two will get gobbled up in no time. Here are three easy dips you can make – it’s a great replacement to crisps and kiwi dip
- Spiced Olives
- A bowl of mixed nuts
- Lettuce wraps – reinvent the sandwich by piling a lettuce leaf with meats, tomato and cucumber slices, some avocado and a lashing of paleo mayonnaise
- Nori wraps – seaweed sheets (nori) are another great alternative to use for wrapping. Try a smear of avocado, cucumber sticks, grated carrot and some prosciutto, roll it up, and lick (or wet) and stick the nori together
- Grill some chicken drumsticks (seasoned with paprika) to knaw on
- Make some grilled kebabs out of chicken breast, capsicums, red onion, and courgette
- Homemade burger patties – top them with a slice of grilled pineapple, a fried egg or some sliced beetroot to recreate the traditional Kiwi burger
- Pre-cooked steak or organic paleo sausages
- Frittata – fill it with ham, onion, courgette and cherry tomatoes
- A slaw (like this one) is easy to prepare and throw in a tupperware container
- A classic green salad is easy to throw together on the spot – lettuce, cucumber and some cherry tomatoes
- Bring along some previously grilled veges like eggplant or courgette
- Egg and bacon muffins
- Fresh berries – strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and cherries are all in season right now!
- Frozen grapes, or grilled peaches and pineapple
- Bliss balls are easy to make and easy to transport
- Make fruit skewers to jazz things up a bit!
- Apples with a smear of nut butter
- Make a fruit herbal tea and add icecubes – store it in your thermos for a refreshing fruity drink
- Plenty of flat or sparkling water
Don’t forget the picnic blanket, the frisbee and the kiwi cricket set!