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Posted By Sport & Health on Jan 6, 2016 10:44:15 AM


Get Going with these Healthy Picnic Recipes

Beautiful weather makes for a great picnic! Whether you're hiking through Great Falls, jamming out to a concert at Wolf Trap or enjoying the sights on the National Mall, these fast and healthy recipes are a great addition to your picnic basket.

Sport&Health's Sarah Spence-Godin shares her favorite summer picnic recipes that will help you refuel while you're on-the-go!

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Watermelon, Mint & Feta Salad

Picnic fare is all about bright colors, fresh ingredients and simplicity! Watermelon is an especially refreshing treat on a warm, sunny day. Try out this variation on a sweet + salty combination with this delicious Watermelon, Mint & Feta Salad.

½ of a medium watermelon, cubed
1/2 to 1 cup feta cheese, cubed
¼ cup mint leaves, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
salt + pepper to taste

In a large mixing bowl, add watermelon, feta, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt + pepper. Mix well so that watermelon and feta are evenly coated. Top salad with the chopped mint.


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Eat Up!

It’s commonly believed that watermelon is just water and sugar, when in fact it’s a nutrient dense food. Watermelon is filled with antioxidants, potassium and lycopene, making it a great food to eat after a workout. Incorporating watermelon into your diet will also help support cardiovascular health and the nervous system.




Radiant Balsamic Avocado Salad

A favorite recipe, this salad is a refreshing complement to any meal, bringing in the fresh flavors of avocado and tomato. Quickly put this salad together for a hearty side-dish or as a vegetarian meal.

2 large avocados, cubed
½ cup sweet onion, chopped
2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
¼ cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
salt + pepper  to taste

Mix all ingredients, making sure the olive oil and vinegar coat the salad.


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Two-Way Lettuce Wraps

Keep your picnic fresh with these Two-Way Lettuce Wraps! This versatile recipe can accommodate any palate and is completely customizable. We recommend the following variation:

1 head of Boston or butter Lettuce
8 to 10 oz of lean beef or chicken
1 ripe mango, cut into cubes
1/2 sweet onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
Fresh ginger, chopped
Sriracha and/or low-sodium soy sauce

Put oven on the high broil setting. Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray, add meat to dish and season with salt and pepper. Like things spicy? Add some chili flakes for some extra heat! Broil your choice of meat until it's fully cooked, flipping half way through to allow for even cooking. Once the meat is done, allow it to cool before slicing into thin strips.

Prepare lettuce by separating individual leaves from the head, washing and patting dry. Assemble wraps with meat, sliced vegetables of choice, sauces, ginger and chopped cilantro.


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Eat Up!

Did you know that swapping your wrap from two flour tortillas to lettuce can save you 200+ calories? That's 60 minutes of  fast-paced walking on a treadmill! By using lettuce as a wrap, you’re only consuming 3-4 calories per leaf. Feel guilt-free when stuffing your lettuce wrap with lean protein and fresh vegetables!




About the Author

Sport&Health's Sarah Spence-Godin developed a love for anything related to health and fitness after her Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis at 19 years old. In her blog, "Healthy With a Chance of Confetti", she shares her passion for healthy cooking, fitness tips and life experiences in the hopes of motivating and empowering others to make positive changes in their lives!

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