Super Picnic Foods

By Sara Butler

You've probably heard the buzzword "superfood" a time or two. While almost every food is super and has something to offer you nutritionally, there are simply some foods that pack a little more nutritional punch than others. These are often called superfoods and it may surprise you to learn that they're not exotic or hard to find. In fact, you can easily find these foods at your grocery store. Here are a few you may want to consider for your next picnic or outdoor event.

Avocados

If you want to bring a nice salad or appetizer to a cookout or pitch in, then consider using avocados. They're full of heart-healthy and filling fiber that can really stick to your bones. They also have a lot of Vitamin B, Vitamin K, and Vitamin C.

You don't have to get fancy to enjoy avocados, either. You can make a simple guacamole as a dip that a lot of people will enjoy. As long as you go light on the salt and pair it with whole wheat pita, crackers, or sweet potato chips, then you've got a super healthy offering to share.

Chickpeas

OK, chickpeas probably aren't your first choice for an outdoor affair, but they're actually quite versatile and make a great pick for any occasion. Chickpeas are full of fiber and protein. They can be prepared many different ways, too. You can roast them until crisp after tossing them in olive oil and spices or you can make a salad with chickpeas as the star. They're easy to find and inexpensive too, which makes them just a little bit more super.

Quinoa

Quinoa is an excellent source of fiber and protein. It makes a robust base for grain bowls or salads, too. You can build a hearty dish to take to your next cookout by pairing quinoa with sauteed spinach, shredded carrots, walnuts, and sweet potatoes tossed in a citrus dressing. You can throw in meat if you're feeling really sassy by adding grilled chicken breast.

Green Tea

Most beverages you find at outdoor parties are full of sugar and calories. You can pass on those and still feel refreshed by making up some green tea to bring with you. Green tea is full of antioxidants and contains compounds that can help to protect you from certain types of chronic disease, such as cancer. If you're not a fan of tea, then think about adding some flair to your water with berries and mint. It makes a for a refreshing summer beverage.

Be the star of your next picnic by bringing a superfood hit!

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