Nothing says summer like a Keto picnic at your favorite park or at the beach. There are even some concert venues where you can bring a picnic to enjoy before or during the show. Just because you are on a Keto Diet doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a great meal in this magical summer setting. Here are some ideas for Keto picnic food that you can enjoy this summer.
Since picnics are usually filled with BBQ meats, they can be perfect for a Keto picnic meal. You may have to take a few steps to avoid the bun or unwanted carbs, or search for buns and breads made with keto-friendly cauliflower rather than grains. Sandwiches wrapped in lettuce or non-grain breads are also easy to bring to a picnic lunch. Try rolling your lunch meat in a cheese slice. Everyone will think you are super creative, and not just avoiding carbs. You can even build mini sandwiches using pickles, cucumber, or radish slices as your “bun”.
Side Dishes and Fresh Salads
When bringing a salad along for a picnic, it’s a good idea to keep the greens, protein and dressing or vinaigrette in separate containers until it’s time to eat. You don’t want to end up with a soggy salad. Favorite salads for Keto picnic food are Cobb salad and anything with broccoli and kale. And don’t forget to bring the “Un-Potato Salad” Try using rutabagas or cauliflower instead of potatoes. When you add traditional flavors like egg whites, leeks, or pickles, you can create a great tasting salad that even your non-Keto friends will enjoy. Low sugar coleslaw is also a favorite at Keto picnic food. And since the sauce is mayonnaise-based, you’re in luck on this classic favorite.
On a warm day, it’s important to bring something to quench your thirst. A bottle of flavored water or sugar-free iced tea will do just that. Or create flavor-infused water with mint and berries. Your herb and fruit-infused waters and teas will make even the simplest Keto picnic feel special.
Potato Chip Substitutes
There are plenty of vegetables and cheeses that make chips to provide you that crunch you crave alongside your main dish. That makes them the perfect Keto picnic food.
- Cucumber and Radish Chips – Whether eaten cold or cooked, cucumbers and radishes are a great snack that can be turned into chips simply by slicing them. You can then use them to scoop salsas and dips. Both provide that crunch you want at your picnic.
- Kale Chips – Kale is also a popular low carb chip substitute. Kale chips are one of the simplest ways to add a little extra crunch in your life. Toss these in the oven ahead of time for a snack before and during the picnic.
- Cheese Chips – While cheddar cheese could be considered the best type of cheese for baked cheese chips, any cheese would be sufficient. Cheese chips are not only a great low-carb substitute to potato chips, but a much tastier option as well.
When you are on a Keto picnic, there is always room for dessert and sweets. Fresh berries like raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries are excellent choices. Top a flourless cake with a few berries and you definitely won’t feel like you are missing out. Chocolate-covered bacon will satisfy your sweet and salty cravings in one fell crunch. You may need to keep it in the cooler for the picnic, but it will be worth it. No-bake, keto-friendly coconut oil dessert balls provide a steady source of energy minus the sugar coma. Coconut oil contains many beneficial fats that help with gut and brain function to help you to lose weight. Plus with a touch of chocolate, they qualify as an easy picnic dessert.
With these Keto picnic ideas, you’ll enjoy the company and the food at your next picnic without the guilt. If you love picnics, you’ll enjoy reading about Napa Valley as the perfect weekend getaway. So, be sure to pack some of this Keto picnic food on your next outing!