Healthy Picnic Finger Food Ideas
Picnics are one of the best ways to enjoy the Great British Summer: blue skies, warm weather and a bit of al fresco dining in the great outdoors.
It’s all About the Food
A picnic will never be as good as it could be if you don’t plan ahead. There’s nothing particularly enjoyable about opening your picnic basket to pull out a few hastily bought sausage rolls, bags of crisps and a couple of sandwiches.
However, with just a little bit of planning, you can build a healthy picnic of great tasting finger food that will be much more enjoyable when you open up your picnic basket the next time you venture out.
Whether it’s a trip to the beach or a nice long walk in the countryside, you’ll get a lot more satisfaction from packing some delicious and healthy picnic food that you’ve made yourself.
Here’s a few of our favourite picnic finger food ideas to inspire you. There's a couple of meaty options with vegetarian and vegan recipes too.
Tarts are great picnic finger food. Firstly, they’re full of flavour and filling enough to keep you going on your long walk, bike ride or day at the beach. Secondly, they’re also really easy to eat on the go if you pre-cut them into easy to hold slices.
When you’re out and about, sometimes you need your picnic food to pack a punch. And the combination of stilton and prosciutto in this tart will absolutely do that. It’s a recipe that’s bound to be a picnic favourite.
For vegetarians put off by the prosciutto in the previous recipe, a mini tartlet with cambozola cheese (a brie-like, creamy blue cheese) might provide the perfect alternative. This recipe will be just as satisfying and filling on your day out.
An alternative to tarts is a frittata. Similar in creation, but without the pastry, a frittata is also filling and full of fresh ingredients. It’s also easy to let cool and cut up into nice sized chunks to have as finger food on the go.
Potato, ham, and cheese — simple and comforting food. This frittata will be satisfying and filling as part of a picnic hamper.
For a vegetarian frittata, adding chickpeas is a great way to add a healthy amount of the carbohydrates and protein you’ll need to keep going if you’re out all day. This frittata is spiced up with paprika to make it super tasty too.
Savoury muffins are a great way to add something to the picnic basket that feels like a treat, but is also super healthy.
Try these Tenderstem® broccoli, cheese and chilli muffins to change things up a little bit. Fun to eat, tasty and filling, you can eat these muffins any time, any place.
If you’re going to be enjoying a relaxing picnic lunch, dips will often be top of your list. You can pick up a simple pot of hummus in the supermarket, or really impress with some homemade dips of your own. What’s more, Tenderstem® broccoli can be eaten raw, so it’s a great alternative to crisps and carrot sticks when you’re dipping.
Try this beautiful beetroot hummus dip that will not only taste amazing, but also look amazing with its bright pink colour. Perfect for dipping raw Tenderstem® into and enjoying the crunch.
Falafels and Veggie Bites
Falafels and veggie bites are delicious on their own, or equally as good in a flat bread, pitta bread or tortilla wrap. Great for having as part of a filling and healthy picnic lunch.
Add Tenderstem® broccoli and mint to your falafel mix for a health charged Middle Eastern inspired picnic recipe. It’s the kind of recipe that’s great to make with frozen Tenderstem®.
These perfect little patties are ideal for squishing in a wrap, flatbread or pitta and enjoying on the go. The chilli packs a punch even when eaten cold, so they’ll be sure to warm you up if the weather is a little colder than expected.