Get ready for summer with these low carb picnic ideas

With Summer fast approaching, there’s nothing better than going for a picnic with family and friends in the great outdoors.

These low carb picnic staples will be great for taking to the park or even the beach. We’ve also included a few recipe ideas for quick and easy meals you can prepare in advance to bring with you.

Staple low carb picnic ingredients:

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Cold cut meats: ham, salami or beef
  • Fish and seafood: tuna, salmon, mackerel or prawns
  • Olives and feta
  • Nuts: almonds, walnuts or brazil nuts
  • Cheeses: mozzarella, cheddar or goat’s cheese
  • Avocado
  • Salad: lettuce, celery, tomato, cucumber

 

Low carb picnic recipes:

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 20 minutes

Serves 8

Ingredients

1 tbsp. Olive Oil

2 Garlic Cloves

450g Chicken Breast

1 Medium Red Bell Pepper

½ Medium Cucumber

100g Mayonnaise

8 Lettuce Leaves

 

Preparation Method

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and then sauté the garlic for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add the chicken and season with the salt and pepper then fry until the chicken is cooked through.
  3. Allow the chicken to cool and then slice.
  4. Add the chicken to a bowl and combine with the red pepper, cucumber, mayonnaise and season.
  5. Equally divide the filling between the 8 lettuce leaves.

 

Nutritional values per serving

Calories 186kcal|Carbohydrates 2g|Total Fat 12g|Protein 19g|

Macronutrient ratios per serving

Carbohydrates 4%|Total Fat 56%|Protein 40%|

 

Mini Spinach & Feta Crustless Quiches (v)

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 25-30 minutes

Makes 12

Ingredients

1 tbsp. Butter

12 Large Eggs, beaten

3 tbsp. Extra Thick Double Cream

280g Baby Spinach Leaves

100g Feta Cheese, crumbled

100g Cherry Tomatoes, sliced

Salt and Pepper, to taste

 

Preparation Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan (390°F/350°F fan) and use the butter to grease a 12-cup muffin tray.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the eggs, cream, spinach, feta cheese and tomatoes then season with the salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the mixture into the muffin tin, ensuring equal amounts are in each cup then bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

 

Nutritional values per quiche

Calories 132kcal|Carbohydrates 1g|Total Fat 15g|Protein 10g|

Macronutrient ratios per quiche

Carbohydrates 2%|Total Fat 76%|Protein 22%|

 

Nutty Chocolate Brownies (v)

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 20 minutes

Makes 8

Ingredients

150g Unsalted Butter

2 Eggs

½ tsp. Vanilla Essence

120g Ground Almonds

2 tbsp. Cocoa Powder

1 tbsp. Stevia

½ tsp. Baking Powder

60g Walnuts

 

Preparation Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan (390°F/350°F fan) and line a deep baking dish with greaseproof paper.
  2. Melt the butter in a microwave or in a small pan on the hob. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and vanilla essence together.
  3. Mix the ground almonds, cocoa powder, stevia and baking powder with the melted butter and eggs.
  4. Roughly chop the walnuts then gently stir into the brownie batter. Pour the batter into the baking tray.
  5. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until cooked through. Leave to cool before serving.

 

Nutritional values per brownie

Calories 315kcal|Carbohydrates 2g|Total Fat 31g|Protein 7g|

Macronutrient ratios per brownie

Carbohydrates 2%|Total Fat 89%|Protein 9%|

 

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