Summer is the time for trips to the lake, camping, picnics, bike rides and more. When packing up, you may gravitate toward campfire basics like hot dogs and s’mores. Or maybe you’re tempted to snack on the nearest bag of potato chips and default to an easy PB&J. But just because you’re on the go doesn’t mean you have to settle. With some planning and a little inspiration, your family can eat healthier meals wherever summer takes you.
Pasta salad is a staple in the typical family picnic, but usually it’s just a side. Try Caesar Tuna Noodle Salad if you’re looking for one dish to satisfy everyone’s picnic cravings. With this recipe, pasta salad takes center stage—it’s got your protein, your veggies and enough carbs to fuel your fun.
Who doesn’t love burgers? But what’s better than burgers is the stuff that goes on them. By grilling Portobello mushrooms and slapping them between whole-wheat buns, you can still have your ketchup, your relish, and maybe even corn salsa, without the red meat.
Tell s’mores to take a hike! Baked campfire apples are a much healthier alternative that won’t pose the dreaded sugar rush. Carve out the seeds and apple core, add a little tab of butter, a sprinkle of brown sugar and cinnamon, and wrap the whole thing in aluminum foil. Stick it in the smoldering coals for about ten minutes until they apple is steaming—and carefully use a stick to roll it back out. After it’s cooled, grab a spoon and dig in! Who said dessert can’t be healthy and delicious?