HOW TO PACK A BETTER PICNIC BASKET, FROM RALEY’S DIETITIAN EARLINE GRIFFITH
FROM RALEY’S AND BEL AIR
Raley’s Dietitian Earline Griffith offers these tips and recipes for healthier picnicking:
1. Instead of sugary choices, opt for water, unsweetened iced tea, lemonade (make it with reduced sugar), and low-calorie soft drinks as great refreshers. For variation, try adding sparkling water and wedges of lemon, lime, and orange or fresh mint to combine in creative and thirst-quenching ways.
2. Pack plenty fresh fruits like watermelon, berries, peaches and apricots and nuts to snack on. For side dishes, instead of mayonnaise-based salads, here are a few light options to try:
Marinated Artichoke, Roasted Pepper and Barley Salad
Barley is a versatile cereal grain with a rich, nutlike flavor and an appealing chewy, pasta-like consistency. It’s packed with lots of nutrients and has the lowest glycemic index of all grains. You can find Barley in the Natural Foods Bulk Bins at your local Raley’s or Bel Air.
Packed with produce and loaded with flavor, including broccoli, cauliflower, bell pepper, celery, dried cranberries and green onion
3. One last thing to remember: A picnic is a great chance to fit in some physical activity, so bring along some sports equipment like a kite, a softball or a football or frisbee to encourage your group to play! Also, don’t forget to bring some music and of course the sunscreen to avoid burning your skin.
For more healthy living tips, check out Earline’s blog on raleys.com: http://raleys.com/www/healthy_living.jsp