By Judith Forman, Whole30 Certified Coach
Judith is a busy single, working mama to her 6-year old daughter, and a Whole30 Certified Coach on the side. Today she shares some ideas on preparing your Whole30 picnic. You can connect with Judith on her blog or on Instagram.
It was a long winter here in Boston. Now that it’s finally summer, my daughter and I try to spend as much time as possible outside. And, as usual, I want to keep my Whole30 meal prep and cooking simple. Enter the picnic: a perfect way to extend our time outdoors with low-fuss food and easy clean-up. Read on to hear my tips for preparing your Whole30 picnic.
Easy protein for on-the-go
You can eat these protein sources as is or bring supplies for an easy DIY-salad bar. Prepare lettuce, chopped tomato, and other diced veggies like cucumbers and onions. These can serve as a base for your protein. You can also bring large pieces of lettuce or collard green leaves to make wraps.
Mix and match these ideas to create picnic meals for the park, the beach, or wherever your warm weather activities take you!
- Hard Boiled Eggs: Eat them whole or mash them up with avocado, guacamole, or Whole30 compliant mayonnaise to make egg salad. You can also make Whole30 compliant curry deviled eggs from Lisa McLeod.
- Canned Tuna Fish or Salmon: Convenient and economical, canned fish is great mixed with compliant mayo and add-ins like raisins, nuts, and scallions. You can also bring leftover Whole30 compliant salmon cakes or tuna cakes and eat them cold.
- Compliant Deli Meat: Pick up some compliant deli meat like Whole30 Approved Applegate oven roasted turkey breast to use on salad or in a wrap. Be sure to read your labels!
- Rotisserie Chicken/Chicken Salad: Pick up a compliant rotisserie chicken to slice and eat, or use it to make a Whole30 compliant chicken salad like this one from Christina of the Whole Cook.
- Frittata: Fellow Whole30 Coach Kelly Warner (also a mom of littles) is the queen of frittatas. Make one of these earlier in the week for breakfast and bring any leftover slices to your picnic as portable protein.
- Compliant Burgers/Hot Dogs/Chicken Sausage: Have leftovers from grilling out? Bring them along on your picnic. Leftover burgers, hot dogs, and chicken sausage are easy to pack. They go well with any vegetables, sauces, and dressings.
- Meatballs: Meatballs make great picnic fare. I like to make beef meatballs using this recipe from Noshtastic as a base (I add extra seasoning and nutritional yeast). These buffalo chicken meatballs from Melissa of Whole30 Noir are great, too.
Don’t forget your dips and sauces
To round out your picnic, bring small containers of your favorite dips and sauces. My daughter loves Whole Sisters’ Dump Ranch, which goes with just about anything. Other favorites include homemade pesto, compliant guacamole, Whole30 Approved ketchup from Primal Kitchen, and any of the Whole30 Approved sauces and dressings from The New Primal.
Don’t forget to pack some fruit. You can grab whole pieces of seasonal fruit or toss together some cubed melon and berries for fruit salad.
And just in case the kiddos (or you!) get hungry before or after lunch, make sure to pack a few snacks. My favorites are raw nuts, Whole30 Approved CHOMPS sticks, Whole30 Approved Beef Thins from The New Primal, and Whole30 Approved SeaSnax.
Wherever your summer adventures take you, preparing your Whole30 picnic to take along for the ride can be easy (and fun!).
Judith Forman is a mother, nonprofiter, fitness enthusiast, and meal prep queen who discovered Whole30 in 2015 and hasn’t looked back. After her first Whole30, Judith took over a small, local Whole30 support group on Facebook. She has been co-leading it since. The group now has more than 44,000 members globally – and is growing daily!
Judith is also one of the voices behind Everyday Whole, a Whole30 lifestyle blog. As a Whole30 Certified Coach, her mission is to show others how to make Whole30 manageable. She helps you weave food shopping, meal prep, and cooking into your busy daily life. Judith loves to run, take barre classes, hit the beach, drink seltzer, and hang out with her 6-year-old daughter.