PicnicSharing a picnic with family and friends in the great outdoors is the quintessential summer activity. But traditional picnic foods, such as processed meats or mayonnaise-laden salads, aren’t really the best for our health.

Instead, make the most of fresh fruit and vegetables at the peak of their season. Fill your picnic basket with summer fruits like peaches, cherries and watermelon, or vitamin-packed veggies such as tomatoes, corn on the cob and green beans.

Here are five easy to prepare recipes to take to your favorite picnic spot.

  1. Cauliflower Tabbouleh Salad. You can of course prepare tabbouleh with traditional bulgar wheat but this recipe uses cauliflower rice as an alternative. We challenge you to taste the difference! We also love the generous quantity of herbs and addition of garlic in the dressing.
  1. Asian Slaw With Ginger-Peanut Dressing. Do yourself a favor and avoid the usual mayonnaise-based coleslaw. Choose this Asian-style slaw and its full on flavor dressing made with garlic, ginger, hot sauce and peanut butter – your taste buds will thank you for it. Use ready prepared coleslaw veggies if you can get them to save on chopping time.
  1. Fresh Garden Wrap. Swap salty processed meats and cheeses for this colorful wrap, stuffed with fresh, seasonal vegetables and whatever herbs you have to hand. With cherry tomatoes, shredded kale, zucchini, broccoli, olives and garbanzo beans, you’ll be eating a whole rainbow of vitamins!
  1. Almond-Poppy Crackers. Satisfy your urge for crunch without resorting to deep-fried chips or potato snacks. Made from almond flour and egg white, these poppy seed crackers are great to share with a crowd. Serve with homemade hummus or tzatziki.
  1. Caramelized Onion and Roasted Pepper Frittata. Delicious hot or cold, a frittata is classic picnic fare. You could go wild with as many veggies as you please but we love the simplicity of this caramelized onion and roasted pepper version. What’s more it’s a cinch to prepare and is ready in around 20 minutes, including caramelizing those onions!

 

Don’t forget that this season’s GLC is the first to include a Remote option. So even if you aren’t local you can still join in on the transformation!