Light & Fresh Picnic Recipes

Fill your picnic basket with these deliciously healthy recipes.


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    • Greek Salad Club

      Spread hummus onto pita bread and layer with feta cheese, Greek dressing, and crisp veggies.

    • All-Wrapped-Up Salad

      Silverware optional. Take this convenient lunch along on your next walk or bike ride. Chock-full of potassium and magnesium -- essential nutrients for regulating a healthy blood pressure -- this garden-on-the-go is sure to please.

    • Chicken & Hummus Pitas

      Brush chicken breasts with a mixture of oil, lemon juice, and spices, then broil your chicken straight on the rack. Packed with the chicken, hummus, tomato, and yogurt, these pocket sandwiches will fill you up for less than 300 calories.

    • Lemon Veggie Couscous

      Chock-full of tender-crunchy vegetables, hearty herbs, and fresh lemon, this dish shines at any gathering. You'll also love that it comes together in 25 minutes flat.

    • Open-Face Ratatouille Sandwiches

      Filling, nutrient-rich eggplant, zucchini, and squash make this simple sandwich a ideal choice for your summer picnic.

    • Garden Sliders

      These mini sandwiches feature slices of crisp cucumber, juicy tomato, grilled summer squash, and a garlicky white bean puree.

    • Bacon, Spinach, and Tomato Salsa Sandwich

      Spinach adds powerful antioxidants to this fresh twist on the classic BLT sandwich.

    • Salad Nicoise Sandwich

      As abundant in heart-healthy omega-3s as it is in the bold flavors of southern France, this sandwich has just 210 calories per serving.

    • Gazpacho Sandwich to Go

      This sandwich is piled high with all the veggies that make gazpacho irresistible -- and then some. Fresh mint and basil from your garden brighten it up.

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      Cucumber and Apricot Sandwiches

      This meatless sandwich combines a refreshing mix of cucumber, basil, nectarines, and arugula. Low-fat cream cheese makes a simple spread.

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      Kiwi Melon Cooler

      Blend apple juice, honeydew, and kiwis in this thick, satisfying drink. You'll love the taste and the calorie count, too.

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      Fruit Bowl Salad with Honey-Mint Dressing

      Toss colorful fruits (filled with antioxidants) in this divine treat you can prep in 25 minutes.

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      Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

      There are no surprises in the ingredients list -- all are classic baking items you likely have in your pantry -- but we've trimmed the cholesterol by using refrigerated egg product and by cutting down on the oil.

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      Potato and Squash Salad

      A fresh blend of herbs spices up this Caribbean-influenced salad. Add grilled chicken for filling protein.

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      Chili Corn Snack Mix

      This guiltless, crunchy mix is a combination of hearty cereal and dried fruit -- great for an outdoor party or picnic.

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      Italian Popcorn

      Spice up your picnic with a few handfuls of this low-fat treat, flavored by a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.

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      Apple Crunch Mix

      For the taste of warm apple pie -- without all the calories -- try this yummy make-ahead snack. It stays fresh for up to a week in an airtight container.

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      Must-Have Chocolate Chip Cookies

      Oats, raisins, and peanut butter add a nutrition boost to this all-American favorite.

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      Apricot-Sage Cookies

      Sweet apricot spread fills these crisp cookie sandwiches. With 5 grams of fat per serving, they're lighter than most cookies.

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      Fresh Lemonade

      There's nothing more refreshing than a cool glass of lemonade. Freshen it up by mixing in slices of kiwifruit and honeydew melon.

    • Next Slideshow Easy Fruit Cobblers and Crisps

      Easy Fruit Cobblers and Crisps

      Cobblers and crisps traditionally are warm fruit desserts with a biscuit or crunchy topping. Thanks to the availability of fresh, frozen, and canned fruits, you can enjoy cobblers and crisps any time of year. Among the variety of fruits, spices, and toppings in these recipes, you'll find the perfect one for you.
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