A Forks Over Knives Picnic!
National Picnic Month is here! It’s July and the whether is beautiful, which makes it the perfect time to get outside and picnic with friends and family! While enjoying the fresh air, sunshine and good company, don’t forget a major component of healthy living. Round out your picnic experience with a delicious, healthy meal with lots of veggies and fruits! Try packing a few containers of your favorite raw, summer veggies like carrots, broccoli, cucumber, zucchini and tomatoes. Fill up on those goodies with healthy dips like herbed hummus, spinach ranch dip or not-so-fat-guacamole. After, if you’re looking for something sweet, look no further than fresh fruits like strawberries and peaches dipped in raw chocolate caramel dip. There’s no other time of the year when these foods are more sweet and delicious.
For lunch, try one of these healthy recipes from Forks Over Knives:
- Avocado white bean salad wraps – “My go-to recipe when I haven’t the energy to do anything but collapse on the couch and watch Downton Abbey is to combine mashed avocado with mashed white beans and a few other ingredients and roll it up in lavash or stuff it into tacos or a sandwich. I’ve also been known to eat it with a spoon. The whole thing comes together really quickly and, including the time it takes to put on your sweats and slippers, dinner is on the coffee table in less than half an hour.” -Recipe adapted from But I Could Never Go Vegan!
- Hollywood bowl brown rice salad – “This salad has been my favorite for a long time. It is filling yet refreshing, especially in the summer. There is no need for a separate dressing, and it can be made hours before serving, making it an ideal choice for a potluck or a picnic. I served this salad at a pre-show picnic at the Hollywood Bowl, and it was a big hit with my friends.” -Forks Over Knives Plan
- Easy black bean salad – “We could eat this for every meal in summer, even breakfast. It is the salad I make when I have to take a dish to an event because it is so quick to make, everyone comes back for seconds, and it is the best advertisement for delicious no oil eating. It is easy to expand by adding more tomatoes or frozen corn.” -Forks Over Knives — The Plant-Based Way to Health
- Spinach potato tacos – “Traditional Mexican tacos are much more than ground beef and sour cream in a fried shell. There are many, many ways to make tacos—in my opinion, this is one of the best.” -Forks Over Knives Plan
We can’t wait to get outside and share these healthy recipes with friends and family! Let us know how your picnic turned out on our Picnic Month Facebook discussion.