Let’s Plan a Vegan Picnic!

With a few simple steps, you can plan a delicious meal with a variety of healthy, plant-based foods that will leave you feeling refreshed and well nourished.

What could be more fun than a gorgeous picnic on a glorious day? Yet, all too often the typical, heavy picnic fare of hamburgers, hotdogs, white flour buns, mayo-laden salads and sugary sweets can leave you feeling stuffed, bloated and generally zapped of energy.

So, what’s the fix? A vegan picnic! With a few simple steps, you can plan a delicious meal with a variety of healthy, plant-based foods that will leave you feeling refreshed and well nourished. Simply follow these four steps:

  1. Decide on fresh and simple recipes so you don’t have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
  2. Take along a cold beverage such as Peach Berry Iced TeaBlueberry Herb Lemonade Punch or Strawberry-Lemon Soda.
  3. Plan to serve fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains and legumes, or easy-to-pack sandwiches as well as a healthy, sweet treat.
  4. Round out the menu with Sunny Hummus with Dippers or organic corn chips with either Superfast Guac or Simply Delicious Homemade Hummus for dipping.

 

Fruits & Veggies

A summer picnic isn’t a picnic without fresh fruit! Bring along berries, sliced stone fruit, melons or a fruit salad tossed with a little lemon or lime juice to reduce browning from oxidation. Ideas for dishes with fruit include:

Add a platter of baby carrots, cucumbers as well as bell peppers or a leafy green salad with light vinaigrette. Both Strawberry Balsamic Dressing as well as No-Oil Balsamic Dressing are wonderful on salads or used as a dip for fresh-cut or lightly steamed veggies.

Legumes

Legumes provide quality plant protein and fiber:

Whole Grains

Whole grains, including pasta and corn, are good on their own, or blended with legumes. Easy ideas include:

Vegan

Carrot-Oat Cake

Sweet Treats

Healthier cookies and cakes are easy to pack and can offer nutritious ingredients. How about Vegan Oatmeal Raisin CookiesThumbprint Cookies and No-Bake Thumbprint CookiesMaple Oat Cookies or Carrot Oat Cake?

Time-saving shortcuts: Canned lentils and beans, quick-cooking couscous and frozen, thawed corn, brown rice and quinoa are perfect for portable salads. Find recipe inspirationonline.

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