Spring Picnic Ideas: 15 Healthy Picnic Recipes…

Although it is still cold in most places, we are all looking forward to when it will get warmer again. The spring is one off the greatest times of the year to go outside and enjoy life. Nothing is better than having a great picnic with friends and family to celebrate the warmer weather. If you want to stay healthy but don’t have all of the time in the world, these recipes can help you.

You may not have all the time in the world to plan a great picnic, so here are 15 healthy and quick recipes to make your picnic the best you’ve ever had!

1. Honey Grapefruit Salad

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This easy, yet delicious fruit salad will be a winner for sure. The grapefruit helps to reduce your blood pressure and removes toxins from your body. How can you beat that?

2. Broccoli Feta Omelet

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This hardy sandwich will fill up everyone! Broccoli is a great source of fiber and helps prevent cancer. So eat up!

3. Spiced Chickpea Snack Mix

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Need something to snack on? Even snacks can be healthy now! These chickpeas are spicy, delicious and great for your body. They even lower your cholesterol and prevent heart disease.

4. Rhubarb Mint Soda

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When you go on a picnic, you also need a drink. Why not make your own healthy soda at home? Rhubarb is good for your eyesight and mint helps with weight loss.

5. Middle Eastern Rice Salad

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Since a picnic often is a form of lunch, it is important that it fills you up. Salads are always a good idea. Try this variation with brown rice. Did you know that because brown rice is a whole grain, it is great for healthy digestion? And that’s not all! It also helps prevent breast cancer, diabetes, and more!

6. Turkey Sandwich

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This is not an ordinary sandwich. It has turkey, which is  rich in protein, and apple, which is good for weight loss. Why go for a standard sandwich when you can make something this delicious?

7. Chicken Wings with Herbs and Honey

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Chicken wings are loved by many people. Although most variations are not very healthy, these wings with herbs are a great way to add some protein to your picnic. They are easy to make, with only three ingredients!

8. White Bean and Herb Humus

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Easiest way to eat healthy? Serve some raw vegetables with delicious humus! This humus recipe is quick and easy, yet delicious and healthy. The main ingredient in the humus is white beans, which are high in fiber, iron and protein. This will give you a great energy boost!

9. Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad

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Another salad? Yes, because you can not go wrong with a salad. This one is refreshing and light. Most people don’t know that arugula is actually very good for wound healing and brain health.

10. Key Lime Pistachio Bites

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Want an easy, healthy bite? Here you go! These delicious bites are quick to make, and if you don’t finish them, you can store them for over a month. Pistachios are great for bone and skin health.

11. Spicy Avocado Wrap

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Avocado is getting more popular every day. And it should!  These green beauties have a lot of benefits for your health and they are deliciously creamy. Avocados have the highest protein content of any fruits (yes, avocadoes are fruits – berries to be precise). They also have plant-based fats, which contains no cholesterol. You can’t go wrong with these wraps!

12. Vegetarian Burger

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How simple it sounds. But do not underestimate the power of these burgers. They are not only a healthier option, but some say, also tastier. One of the main ingredients for the burger is sweet potato. Did you know that sweet potato is good for your lung functions and detoxifies your body from heavy metals? It’s a mouth full but you will benefit from it.

13. Melon Bran Pots

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Melon is delicious when it gets warmer outside. These pots are easy to take and easy to make. And of course super healthy to eat. Using the melon of your choice or a mixture of different ones, has great benefits. Most melons are great for weight loss. Watermelon is great for hydrating and improves your mood.

14. Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie

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Smoothies are a standard in the healthy lifestyle. You can mix and match your favorite flavors and take it on the go. So, a smoothie recipe is a great option for a healthy picnic. Strawberries are great for weight loss and they keep you looking young! This recipe is bound to be a hit!

15. Tropical Sherbet

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You need a dessert to celebrate the good weather. This recipe has frozen fruits and yogurt, so it’s healthy and delicious. Mango lowers risk of heart disease and clears your skin. Now you really have a reason to celebrate!

10 Simple Daily Practices That Can Help You See A Bigger World…

Have you ever just sat, got out of your own thoughts, and observed the world around you—the world for what it actually is and what it has to offer? This world is so big, so vast, and so replete with marvels that one can continue to be amazed every day. However, the world is only as big as you allow your perception to define it. It is only as big as you make conscious efforts to come out of our shells and observe.

We humans go through so much daily and have to do so many things that we forget to look around us, to just sit down and view nature as it is, and observe what is going on in our surroundings. Here are 10 simple daily practices that are fun, practical, and useful and help you see a bigger world.

1. Look up from your smartphones, take off your headphones

Our use of technology immensely limits our awareness of life around us. Engaged with the glowing screens in front of us, instead of the people and the environment around us, we often fail to notice what is going on in our surroundings and miss out simple joys of life. A whole new world exists beyond that glowing screen, but it requires from us to look around and experience all that it has to offer. The effects of the changing seasons, the aesthetics of a venue you are dining at, and a talented street performer beneath the park bridge are just some of the few things that you may find when you start observing. Similarly, while travelling in a vehicle or walking, you can observe better and listen to interesting conversations and sounds around you if you do not have your ears plugged. Therefore, one of the most important daily practices for seeing the bigger world is to limit your use of headphones and smartphones when you step outside.

2. Don’t take the same path to or from school/work

On your walk or drive to or from school/work, take a different path each day. You’ll be amazed at how much you discover when you do so! It is very easy to follow the same path daily, but what’s the point in that? You will see different patterns, different people, different architecture, different street art etc. when you keep changing your path and observe keenly on your way.

3. Close your eyes and listen to your surroundings

Stop and listen to the sounds of the natural environment around you–the chirping, whistling and singing of the birds, the buzzing of bees, rustling of tree leaves, and the various sounds of the city, all may bring new information to you. Train your ears to listen for new things and notice different sounds.

4. Observe and talk to people around you

From jogging in the park to the line in the café, there are countless opportunities to meet new people and talk to them, but we have to be looking around and observing them in order to notice and take advantage of the opportunity. Observing and talking to people is another of the simple daily practices that can help you see the bigger world and expand your worldview as people share their experiences with you.

5. Challenge yourself to pay attention to new things

Keeping a look out for new things is easier said than done. You cannot just plan that you will start observing the world more from today and expect that it happens too. Instead you might be able to produce better results when you challenge yourself to do so. For example, you can assign yourself a scavenger hunt, i.e. select something for you to look for during your walk or anytime you are out during the day. This could be anything, security cameras, orange flowers, people with headphones or anything. You can also challenge yourself to take a photo of a unique thing every day or with different challenges each day for keeping it interesting.

6. Sit in a public place and journal

Take out a few minutes to sit in a public place, such as a bus station, a park, a shopping mall, etc. Observe the people around and record details about them, such as how they are dressed, the expressions they are wearing on their faces, etc. Note the details and write about whatever comes to your mind or about the way the scene made you feel. This will also help you find out new things around you that you never noticed before.

7. Consume entertainment actively

While watching a movie or listening to a song, we are often tempted to zone out. But thinking about what the director of a movie was trying to get at when he/she added a particular aspect in the story or what the song’s lyrics actually mean may be another of the important simple daily practices to make you see the bigger world and practice observation.

8. Get lost—explore the streets and alleys you have never been to before

When you have free time, get outside and explore places you have never been to before. You may discover a new café or restaurant, different new street performers, another breed of dogs that you never knew about, or a new way back to home. You become so mindful of your surroundings when you explore new streets and alleys.

9. Analyse what you see or read, and ask questions

When you observe your surroundings or read something, stop and question your thoughts. Start asking as much questions as you can, which will help you think critically. This also helps in boosting your skills of deduction and observation in general, while also expanding your knowledge about the world.

10. Make connections between what you see and the knowledge you have

For seeing a bigger world, your daily practices also need to include connecting your previous knowledge to what you see or observe. For example, you see a child having trouble in reading. You know this could be related to vision problems or it may be dyslexia so you look for symptoms of both and make a deduction on the basis of the ones that are found more prominently in the child. In this way you will be able to learn more and enhance your knowledge in general.