Enjoying a picnic outdoors is a fun way to spend quality time with friends and family! And, it’s easier to prepare a healthy basket than you might think. All you need is a little recipe inspiration, a plan, and an adorable picnic basket to carry everything in!
Today, I’m sharing what I pack in my healthy (paleo-friendly, kid-friendly) picnic basket!
And, I’m excited to have Andrew join me for this post! He can be somewhat of a picky eater, so I tried to include foods I knew he would like, along with new ones to try. The paleo lifestyle has helped our family focus on consuming fresh, minimally processed foods. It provides us with long-lasting energy to fuel our daily activities and keeps us feeling great in general! For more on paleo click here!
In addition to the health benefits, this lifestyle has helped us become more skilled and resourceful in the kitchen!
These days, I’m more likely to make things from a recipe instead of purchasing store bought prepared items. Not that store bought is bad, but you can actually save a lot of time and money by making some items on your own. And, they usually taste better, too! However, even if you don’t follow a paleo lifestyle, there’s something for everyone in our basket!
Speaking of recipes, I’m featuring three from the Make It Paleo II Cookbook, perfect for a summertime picnic. This cookbook is filled with wonderful recipes from Hayley Mason and Bill Staley of Primal Palate! I’m also sharing this post on the HSN blog, along with the recipes I used from the cookbook!
The recipes I chose are simple to prepare, family-friendly, and delicious!
Once these recipes were selected, I planned the rest of the picnic around them. I like to provide a variety of choices, to encourage my kids to create their own plate with their favorites (and maybe a couple of new fruits/veggies they want to try). The full recipes can be found here!
- Chicken Salad with Currants (dairy-free, Whole30 compliant) To make this super easy and quick, use Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo)
- Chocolate Chip Sunbutter Cookies (dairy-free, nut free)
- Raspberry Lemonade
- (Note: To make your picnic Whole30 friendly, just omit the plantain chips, cookies, and lemonade!)
I’m always looking for creative and useful food storage, so when I saw this Salad Bowl, I knew I needed it! It’s perfect for taking favorite salads on the go. And, there are several other ways you can use it, too! It keeps everything separated and fresh until you are ready to serve. I especially like the sealable dressing/dip container in the middle. It’s under $20!
For picnic purposes, I filled the top portion with fruit and vegetables, our favorite homemade ranch dressing for dipping, cashews, almonds, and dairy-free chocolate chunks. On bottom, I added individual containers of Currant Chicken Salad along with large romaine lettuce leaves to make wraps! To round out our picnic, I brought along travel friendly packages of kalamata olives and a bag of plantain chips. These are staples in our household and compliment our menu well!
My top tip for packing a healthy meal is: keep it simple with fresh, flavorful foods. Good food doesn’t have to be complicated!
Last but not least, this picnic basket is an essential. It’s useful item to have in your home or to give as a thoughtful gift! It has everything you need for a lovely picnic and will inspire you to take your meals outdoors more often this summer!
Included in the basket are 4 (of each) plastic plates, cups, silverware, and napkins. Inside the basket you’ll also find a tablecloth, salt and pepper shakers, and a corkscrew. This basket is also available in a smaller size, for two people! Another great find this season is this washable, reversible picnic blanket…
I hope this inspires you to pack a picnic for your loved one(s) and spend some time outdoors together! After ours, Andrew was asking if we could do another one soon…he loved it! Be sure to explore these products that make healthy eating a breeze this summer, and in any season!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!
Photography: Mary Summers Hafner
Helpful (Paleo Essentials) to stock in your kitchen: