If it is going to be hot out, but you don’t have ice packs, you can definitely still bring some delicious food on your picnic. You just want to be careful not to bring anything that would spoil quickly without being in a cooler or with ice packs, starting with leaving behind any lunch meats or cheeses. Here are some picnic foods that don’t need to be left cool.
When you don’t have the option of keeping food cold, it can make it seem like you don’t have the option of making a sandwich, but this is definitely not the case! You just want to make a sandwich without any meat or cheese. Making a veggie sandwich is not only something that doesn’t require an ice pack, but it can be even healthier. To keep the veggies in the bread, try spreading a little hummus on the inside of each piece of bread, then layering veggies you have sliced thin. Choose any combination of veggies you enjoy, close the sandwich and wrap it up in foil.
There are also some snacks that will work great on a picnic and won’t require you to refrigerate them or keep anything cool. These happen to be perfect when it is a hot day and you want to have a picnic without the food spoiling. Some snacks to bring with you that are also on the healthier side include different types of nuts and seeds, some veggies with almond butter or peanut butter, avocado slices, and different types of fruit.
Homemade Crackers or Chips
You might be trying to avoid regular chips and crackers as a snack that doesn’t require an ice pack since it is loaded with fat, salt, and oil. However, you can still bring these types of snacks with you, but just make them yourself. Choose your choice of potato, slice it thin, add some olive oil and lite salt, and bake it in the oven. This makes chips with no preservatives that are much healthier to feed your family during the picnic.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Wraps
There is nothing wrong with a basic PB&J, but if you want it healthier, you can put it in a wrap instead. Get some whole wheat tortillas and prepare the peanut butter and jelly with all-natural peanut butter that contains nothing but peanuts and salt. Then use a reduced sugar or sugar-free jelly to add, and roll it up.