Take Your Healthy Eating Outside: How to Have A Picnic On a Diet

One of the simplest ways to get out and enjoy nature, no matter the time of year, is to pack a bag, and simply go. Hiking, walking, jogging, and just about anything that keeps you active outdoors, will eventually leave you feeling hungry as you burn all of those calories with constant movement. This being the case, packing a nice picnic is often the wiser solution than hoping to run into a nice restaurant on your travels; it also helps because having power over what is packed and what you eat, can force you to make healthier choices.picnic

Working up a sweat, not only to see the results you desire, but to be able to properly reward yourself, is a great way to self motivate. A treat at the end of the trail is the perfect way to stay healthy and to enjoy your surroundings. It is possible to shed those unwanted pounds and eat fun foods all at the same time. Take a look at these healthy picnic suggestions that you can try the next time you feel like taking your activities outside for the day.

  • A ready prepared and pre-made salad is easy to make, light to carry and you can vary it up without ever getting bored of it. A healthy staple food, adding fruit, nuts or chicken to it can fill you up and keep you going easily. With the ability to be stored in even the smallest of containers, salads are the ideal food to carry while you’re out and about.
  • Chips and dip are another portable and light food that make an easy and tasty addition to any backpack for a picnic. However, it’s important to choose the right foods here, because the garden variety chips and dip are loaded with salt and sugars, which can dehydrate you in a hurry and derail your healthy eating. Opt in for low calorie pita chips and hummus dip instead.
  • Chicken has the unique ability to be eaten cold and still be delicious; now it’s not for everyone, but if you’re looking for a great source of healthy protein, look no further. Cut it into strips or just take a few drumsticks, it’s tasty and handy to have.
  • Fruit salad is a fun way to incorporate different fruits into one meal. Fruit is one of the foods that we as a population miss out on when it comes to daily recommended servings. A fruit salad is the perfect combination of portability, taste, nutrients and vitamins.

Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.

 

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