Healthy Picnic Snack Ideas

Picnics are always a great idea. They get you outdoors in the fresh air and they’re perfect for any occasion, whether you’re reading by yourself on the waterfront, taking your family to the park or celebrating birthdays with friends. Don’t fall into the trap of lazily grabbing chips or chocolate from the supermarket. Instead, treat yourself and your friends to fresh, easy to make picnic snacks. To get you started, here are some great healthy picnic snack ideas.

Mini Quiches

For a savoury, protein-rich treat mini quiches are a great way to go. Beat eggs with a dash of milk, salt and pepper. Add in whatever ingredients you like - whether that be brown onion, diced bacon, feta, spring onion, diced capsicum or zucchini, it's really up to you. Pour the mixture into greased muffin trays and bake until cooked.

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Rice Paper Rolls

If you have more time up your sleeve, rice paper rolls are an interesting way to freshen up your picnic basket. You can add whatever filling you want. Slice or grate veggies like carrots, beetroot, cucumber and lettuce. You can leave them as salad rolls or you can pan fry some teriyaki chicken or tofu to add to the rolls. Pair with Thai dipping sauce for a great treat.

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Sushi

Sushi is another snack that will liven up your picnic basket. It’s relatively easy to make, with plenty of online recipes. Opt for black or brown rice if you want something more nutritious and get creative with your filling.

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Veggie Sticks and Dips

Simple yet effective, this well-loved snack idea has withstood the ages for good reason. It's tasty, delicious and most importantly, super easy to make! Slice up all the veggies you want and pair with store-bought or homemade hummus. Another great dip is guacamole which can easily be made by mixing mashed avocado, salt, pepper, lime juice and coriander to taste. You can also add red onion and tomato if you want to make it more interesting.

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Oatmeal Cookies

For a sweet treat, healthy oatmeal cookies will do the trick. Mix together rolled oats, whole-wheat flour and honey, until you get a gooey consistency. Add dark chocolate and crushed nuts if you wish and bake until golden.

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Fruit Skewers

For a fun take on fruit, grab a range of fruit in varying colours, dice them up and pop them onto colourful skewers. They look good, taste good and are easy to pack into picnic containers.

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