50+ Healthy Picnic Recipes for Summer

Healthy Picnic Recipes for Summer

Nothing beats food in summer. Produce is more vibrant, and it’s the perfect season to eat fresher and healthier than ever.

One of my favorite things to do on hot days is load up a small cooler with salads, snacks, and treats and head to the local beach or park. Since 4th of July weekend is coming up, I figured this would be a perfect time to share my favorite healthy picnic recipes for summer with you!

Note: if you don’t have a cooler yet, I purchased this one (pictured above) and absolutely LOVE it! It’s the perfect size for packing two salads, veggies, hummus, and dessert — and it’s still light and easy to carry! 

All recipes here are gluten-free (unless noted) and dairy-free. Most recipes are suitable for vegan and paleo diets.

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Berries with Chocolate Coconut Whipped Cream

Berries with Chocolate Coconut Whipped Cream

There are a lot of reasons to celebrate in this life. I’m very fortunate to be surrounded by lots of good food and good people in my life right now and I’m very conscious about appreciating it all. I don’t mention my personal politics on this blog often, but I do want to mention how grateful…

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Barbacoa Tacos with Coconut Sour Cream

Barbacoa Tacos with Coconut Sour Cream

There really is only one thing to do when you realize that your refrigerator and freezer have stopped working: panic. A lot. You should panic because you just spent over a hundred dollars the day before stocking up your fridge and freezer for mass recipe development and cookbook work. Ugh. In your panicked state, you should definitely…

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I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn't)

I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t)

I have a list of people whom I’d love to have tea with… Tara Brach (for advice on life and meditation) Cheryl Richardson (to pick her brain about self-care and coaching) Jen Kirkman (I think she’d be hilarious to talk to) And, of course, Brené Brown. I believe her work on shame is some of the…

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7 things you need to eat before summer ends...

10 Recipes for Summer

Most people make summer bucket lists. They fantasize about tropical vacations, days at the beach, and traveling to new and exotic places. But me? Don’t get me wrong, that all sounds fun and wonderful, but what really makes my summer is the food. Since we’re almost at the beginning of the season I wanted to…

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Grapefruit and Ginger Kombucha Mimosa

Grapefruit and Ginger Kombucha Mimosa

Let’s be real… it doesn’t take a lot to get me excited about food. I went to a fermenting demo a few weekends ago and ever since then I have been hands-down obsessed with kombucha. I’ve decided it’s time to finally start making my own so I can have a supply at my fingertips. (If this…

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Spicy Fermented Veggie Soup

Spicy Fermented Veggie Soup

Sometimes you just gotta do it. You just gotta put on a pair of sweats at 6 pm, curl up on the couch, and call it a night. Bonus points if you have a good movie to watch and a cat to snuggle with. You know what goes over really well on nights like this?…

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Spicy Sesame Bok Choy

Spicy Sesame Bok Choy

You know you’ve had a good weekend when you find yourself feeling refreshed and completely relaxed on a Sunday evening. Somehow (for the present moment at least) I seem to be finding the balance between fun and productivity and I couldn’t be happier. My weekend started off with assisting a class at my local Co-Op and teaching…

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DIY Mango Face Mask

DIY Mango Face Mask

Okay, fine… Yes, it is very possible that my Wednesday evening consisted of me sitting at home alone, mashing up a mango, and putting it on my face. I know this sounds really, really weird but, I have a pretty good feeling that once you try it you’ll be doing this too. Hear me out here:…

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Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

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Massaged Kale Salad with Strawberries and Coconut

Massaged Kale Salad with Strawberries and Coconut-Lime Dressing

Gossip alert… are you ready for this? I’ve heard rumors that strawberries are coming early this year and will be available in farmers markets as early as this weekend (at least in Seattle). Whoa. Now that’s my kind of gossip.  One thing’s for sure: you will definitely find me at the farmers market this weekend…

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