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Creative Recipes for a Healthier Picnic

Mini Summer Berry Galettes

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Pies are the ultimate summer dessert, but they can be both pretty messy and pretty unhealthy. Solution: These berry galettes are like personal-sized pies and easy to eat. Make this recipe healthier by replacing the cornstarch and sugar with organic whole wheat flour and date sugar.

Get the recipe: Mini Summer Berry Galettes

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Turkey Panini with Apple, Cheddar, and Arugula

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This sandwich is so delicious, you won't believe that is it super good for you, too. Using greek yogurt as a replacement for mayo and adding some mustard kicks the flavor up a notch while reducing your fat and sodium intake. (Next, check out these Meal Prep Ideas Perfect for Summer Lunches.)

Get the recipe: Turkey Panini with Apple, Cheddar, and Arugula

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Antipasto Salad Kabobs

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These salad kabobs are easy to eat, delicious, and totally Instagram-worthy. Load them up with veggies to balance out the cheese and meats and you won't have to worry about sending your daily calories through the roof.

Get the recipe: Antipasto Salad Kabobs

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Almond Poppy Seed Chicken Salad Sandwich

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Chicken salad is a beloved picnic staple, and adding a few healthy swaps to this recipe will surely please your taste buds. Just cut out the mayo and tone down the red wine vinegar, and you'll have a deliciously light chicken salad that will pair perfectly with a flaky croissant.

Get the recipe: Almond Poppy Seed Chicken Salad Sandwich

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Deviled Avocado Eggs

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Deviled eggs may not seem like an ideal picnic snack, but hear us out. By using a cardboard egg carton, the eggs can be transported safely to the picnic without causing a mess. Plus, since this version swaps out mayo for avocado, these eggs are as healthy as they are delicious.

Get the recipe: Deviled Avocado Eggs

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Kale Pesto and Cauliflower Picnic Pies

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These tiny, bite-sized pies are a flavorful picnic snack filled with nothing but healthy vegetables and protein-packed almonds. They may be tiny, but the potato, cauliflower, and kale filling will keep you full all day long.

Get the recipe: Kale Pesto & Cauliflower Picnic Pies

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Apple Pie Bites

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These healthy grab-and-go apple pie bites are a perfect complement to any healthy outdoor meal. Swap out the recipe's call for brown sugar with date sugar, and these mini pies instantly become guilt-free.

Get the recipe: Apple Pie Bites

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Black Bean Quinoa Salad with Mango and Avocado

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Skip the basic mixed greens side salad and opt for this superfood quinoa salad filled with nutrient-packed ingredients like are beans, mangoes, and avocados, as well as red bell peppers and jalapeno peppers to kick start your metabolism. (See 9 Creative Side Dishes for Your Weekend Barbecue for more ideas.)

Get the recipe: Black Bean Quinoa Salad with Mango and Avocado

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Turkey Sandwich Skewers

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These sandwich bites are simple, delicious, and customizable—add any healthy sandwich ingredients that you want. Plus, they're mess-free and portable, ideal qualities in a picnic snack.

Get the recipe: Turkey Sandwich Skewers

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