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From Breakfast to Dinner: A Perfect Summer Picnic Menu

From Breakfast to Dinner: A Perfect Summer Picnic Menu

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The warm weather of summer offers us plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy nature. After a hike through the woods or a day at the beach, there’s nothing better than sitting down for a nice picnic meal.

Traditional picnics are usually filled with delicious, albeit fatty foods and often revolve around meat and animal-based products. We at One Green Planet would like to propose a picnic fare revamp—100% vegan meals that are yummy and easy to make. Plus these meals won’t weigh you down like their traditional counterparts. They’re energizing and capitalize on the best of summer’s bounty and flavors.

This perfect picnic menu takes you from breakfast to dinner so it’s a great companion if you plan to spend the whole day out having fun on the beach or in a park.

BREAKFAST

Blueberry and Oat Breakfast Bread Pudding

Enjoy this homey bread pudding before leaving for your day out or even as an early morning on-location snack. It’s filled with plenty of good-for-you ingredients like cashews, flax seeds, oats, and blueberries that will give you a nice kick-start to your lazy (or activity-packed) day.

Key health benefit: The blueberries in this delicious pudding get your body the fiber and vitamin C it needs along with helping ward off urinary tract infections (UTI’s) and fighting off nasty free radicals with powerful antioxidants.

LUNCH

Vegan Chik’n Salad with Cranberries and Pistachios

Chicken salad is a picnic staple. Veganize it with this delicious recipe that calls for additions of tart dried cranberries, crisp apples, and crunchy pistachios, all of which give it a little extra oomph. Eat it as is or wrap it up in tortilla or lettuce leaves, stuff it between bread slices, or serve it on crackers.

Key health benefit: Flavonol-rich apples may help curb cancer and always give your body a fair share of its daily needed fiber and vitamin C while dried cranberries offer a high fiber content and zero fat.

SNACK

Lotus Chips

It’s rare to find a picnic without the presence of potato chips. It’s hard to go without them, even if they are greasy. So don’t deprive yourself of crispy goodness—make these healthy, easy-to-make, 4-ingredient lotus chips instead and snack away!

Key health benefit: Lotus root is rich in dietary fiber and immunity-supporting vitamin C as well as B-complex vitamins, copper, iron, zinc, magnesium, and manganese.

DINNER

 Avocado and Hummus Picnic Wraps

If you’re interested in keeping your picnic dinner light and healthy, then these avocado and hummus wraps are the way to go. The unusual ingredient pairings in this recipe might raise some eyebrows, with avocado, hummus, baby greens, olives and sunflower seeds sharing time between slices of bread, but we assure you this sandwich is nothing but delicious.

 Key health benefit: The avocados in these wraps pack a real potassium punch, containing double the amount of potassium than bananas. Moreover, they give your body the fiber, vitamin E, B-vitamins, and folic acid it craves.

 

DESSERT

Cupcake Cones

Cupcakes are an old picnic standby, as is ice cream. Neither is particularly handy for quick, easy eating though. How about getting the best of both worlds then with these cupcake cones? Enjoy a tasty chocolate cupcake topped with cream cheese frosting in a handy ice cream cone at your next picnic.

Key health benefit: Did you know that cocoa powder may lower LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, reduce the risk of blood clots, and contains flavonoid antioxidants? Whether you did or you didn’t, the conclusion remains the same—there’s no reason not to make these scrumptious cupcake cones!


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