Pack your picnic basket with easy, healthy food
RESTRICTIONS on outdoor gatherings are finally easing – and if you’re anything like me, you’re probably craving a seaside bask in the sunshine with good food and good company.
After so long in isolation, however, you mightn’t be feeling like the typical cheese and cured meat fest that most picnics involve. Behold: seven healthy and easy picnic foods for your much-anticipated catch up with your pals.
1. Caprese salad skewers Thread baby bocconcini balls, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil on to a skewer – it’s as easy as one, two, three. These tasty little morsels are a lighter take on cheese, and even contain those all-important veg. Buon appetito! 2. Mini frittatas
Roast up a batch of vegies (think: pumpkin, asparagus, capsicum), throw them into a dozen whisked eggs, pour the mixture into muffin cases and bake for a satisfying, proteinpacked bite to eat.
3. Fruit salad
For a hit of natural sweetness, anything and everything that’s in season will do. With fresh fruit, you’re in for a boost of disease-fighting antioxidants, gut-loving fibre and vitamin C to support your immune system.
4. Homemade hummus This one takes a bit of extra effort, but trust me, it’s worth it. Add rinsed tinned chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice and good quality extra virgin olive oil to a food processor and blitz until smooth and creamy. Delish. 5. Yoghurt flatbreads
To go with your hummus (or any other healthy dip for that matter), a yoghurt flatbread is a nice touch. Simply combine plain Greek yoghurt with wholemeal selfraising flour and cook batches on a griddle pan to get some lovely char marks. It’s much more satisfying than high-GI crackers from a packet.
6. Devilled eggs
They might be from the ’70s, but in my eyes, devilled eggs are the bomb. Simply hard-boil a batch of eggs then gently peel and halve them, scooping out the yolk. Combine the yolk with a little mustard, mayo and paprika, and spoon the mixture back into the yolk cavity.
7. Dark chocolate dipped strawberries
Because what picnic is complete without a little treat for dessert? I like to use dark instead of milk chocolate because a little goes a long way (read: you’re probably not going to get through the whole block). The higher the percentage of cocoa the better. bodyandsoul.com.au