Summer Picnics

August 7, 2023

August is a month to soak up the sun and continue to enjoy the outdoors.  It’s also still part of outdoor picnic season!  If it’s a hot day, an evening picnic might be more of the comfortable time to dine.  Whether it’s a neighborhood park, while you’re camping or your backyard, it can be a memorable time to bond with friends and family. 

Sample Healthy Picnic Menu



Watermelon Feta Cucumber Salad
Fresh Fruit Salad
Quinoa Avocado Salad

Main Dish

Classic Dill Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Prossciuto Mozzarella and Melon Plate


Sliced Watermelon- save time by buying store bought already prepared
Small brownie bites
Protein Snacks

Whole wheat crackers and sliced cheese
Hummus and raw vegetables

Picnic Basket List 

wine opener/corkscrew
salt and pepper
small individual size condiments
trash bags
plastic cups
cutting board
serving utensils
hand sanitizer
wet wipes
Other Picnic Gear

Bring a blanket, towel, or mat for seating.  Chairs or cushions will add extra comfort and options.  If you have a room for an umbrella, bring it just in case!
More Picnic Outing Tips

Keep your cooler or picnic basket in the shade to avoid worrying about foods that will melt with warmer temperatures.  Use frozen water bottles to keep foods cold while also carrying along a beverage to hydrate.  Enjoy perishable items like meats and cheeses first.  Keep lids for containers for easy storage to bring back home. 

The Author

Laura Cason, B.S., R.D., L.D.N.

Laura has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Kansas State University. She did her Dietetic Internship at Loyola University Chicago. She is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. She is a Licensed Dietitian in Illinois and a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist. Laura is a former marketing professional turned Registered Dietitian with a heightened passion for helping others. She has extensive experience working with clients seeking assistance with weight. With a background in the corporate setting, she has can empathize with those who work in these environments which often come with stress highs and lows. She helps her clients understand how to eat in order to feel good, boost energy, and be comfortable without restriction or obsessing. Laura believes in forming a partnership with her clients providing them with the tools to succeed and accountability to increase success rate. In her spare time, Laura enjoys cooking, working out, traveling, and beach volleyball.

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