Picnics and barbecues tend to be more dreadful than exciting for those who follow a raw food diet, whether full or part time. There always seems to be plenty of grub available in the form of potato salads, burgers, chips, and soda. But when it comes to filling up on healthful yet flavorful food, the options are more often limited than not.

This shouldn’t mean that you have to spend lots of time in your kitchen, putting together raw food options for your next get-together in order to have a good time. There happens to be plenty of quick raw snacks you can whip up for year-round events that keeps you satisfied, on track, and in a great mood while you’re enjoy the company of friends and family.

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Here are 10 awesome raw snack ideas to get you started, all of them easy on both your time and your budget:

1. Crudités

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One of the easiest snacks for get-togethers is crudités. A platter of freshly julienned veggies (such as carrots, celery, and broccoli) along with a dip made of spinach and cashew cheese or tahini and sprouted chickpeas, makes for a crunchy appetizer that is refreshing and satisfying.

2. Melon Skewers

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Cutting up pieces of watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew and then skewering the fruit takes just a few minutes, making a sweet treat that can be enjoyed by everyone at your barbecue or picnic no matter what their food preferences are. You can spruce your skewers up by rolling them in coconut sugar and cinnamon before serving them.

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3. Cauliflower Popcorn

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Pulse a head of cauliflower in your food processor until it looks like pieces of popcorn, and then transfer them to a large bowl. Drizzle the cauliflower with a little grapeseed oil, nutritional yeast, and salt. You’ll be left with a bowl of lip-smacking popcorn that is sure to disappear quickly.

4. Barbecue “Chips”

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Enjoy the crunch of a chip with the barbecue flavors you love by making your own raw chips to share with others at your picnic. Slice cucumbers or zucchini into think discs, sort of like potato chips, and then toss them with a mixture of coconut sugar, Cajun powder, chili powder, and cumin. Drizzle the juice of half a lemon over the chips and then lightly toss them until each are covered with the spices.

5. Banana Wraps

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Create a colorful snack that sticks to the ribs and is easy to eat with the help of romaine lettuce, raw almond butter, and bananas. Simply spread a little almond butter on each romaine leaf and then put half a banana on the leaf. Roll the romaine around the banana and they are ready to eat!

6. Lounge Mix

 

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Because picnics and barbecues are all about relaxing, nix the trail mix for a bowl of lounge mix instead. Fuel up without all the fat that trail mix tends to harbor by mixing together a bowl of dried fruit such as pineapple pieces, raisins, cranberries, blueberries, currants, mangoes, figs, and dates.

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Hook up some zucchini boats for the party by cutting a few of them in half lengthwise, and then scooping out the insides so each half looks like a little hollow boat. Blend the insides of the zucchini with a couple of carrots, tahini, cumin, garlic, and a pinch of salt. Fill the zucchini halves with the blended mixture and sprinkle black pepper and turmeric on top. Chill the zucchini boats before serving if they won’t be enjoyed right away.

8. Buffalo Celery 

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Let the chickens roam free and enjoy celery with your buffalo sauce at your next barbecue. To start, cut a stalk of celery into bite-sized pieces and put them in a plastic bag that zips closed. Toss in a blended sauce made of sun-dried tomatoes, dates, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and a touch of olive oil. Zip the bag closed, shake vigorously until the celery is coated, and then arrange on a platter for eating.

9. Finger Sandwiches

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Settle your sandwich cravings with a platter of cucumber finger sandwiches – you’ll never miss the bread. Cut cucumbers into thin slices and spread each piece with a bit of raw vegan cream cheese. Top each slice with mushroom slices, shredded carrots, and raisins. Cut another cucumber into slices and spread them with a little cream cheese too. Use these slices to top your prepared sandwiches so they are ready to eat.

10. Cool Ranch Jicama Fries

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Jicama is a crunchy root veggie that offers lots of crunch. Serving them as French fries alongside a tasty cool ranch rip will capture the attention of kids and adults alike at your get-together. Cut your jicama as you would a potato into French fry shapes and put them on a serving platter. Blend a ranch coating of coconut milk, nutritional yeast, fresh or dried basil, oregano, and dill, and a little lemon juice and salt, and serve it in a bowl next to the jicama fries.

You’ll never be empty handed or hungry at your next get-together as long as you have just a few minutes in advance to prepare these tasty yet easy snacks. See even more raw recipe ideas here!

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