With Independence Day right around the corner and the kids out of school, long days at camp or the beach are ahead. Whether you’re a parent planning for a family trip or just taking a day off to hang with friends, enjoying the time is easier if you know you’ve got food that’s easy to serve and enjoy from the cooler. These recipes will keep energy high for a full day in the sun.
Pita pockets are easy to hold and can contain ingredients to keep them from spilling onto the ground. Filled with tuna and beans with no mayo, this light and protein-rich sandwich will keep you satisfied. (3 Guiding Stars)
If fish just isn’t your dish, these simple Mexican-inspired wraps take picnic lunch to a new level. Lean chicken protein pairs with heart-healthy avocado to keep you full and running strong. (1 Guiding Star)
Packing the protein-fat energy combo, almonds are always a good choice for snacking on the go, and a little spice turns the old favorite into a new love. Pack in snack-sized bags for easy distribution to hungry campers. (3 Guiding Stars)
It only takes five minutes of prep to make this homemade version of a schoolyard favorite. With nothing but fruit and flavor, these will be a nutritious favorite at snack time. (3 Guiding Stars)
Make these ahead and freeze them in single-serve tubes. Not only will they help keep the cooler cold, they’ll be soft enough to joy as dessert after lunch. (2 Guiding Stars)
Making kebabs in place of fruit salad means you’ve got dishes-free servings ready to go. For an extra treat with a bit of protein, mix up the citrus and yogurt dip to go along. (3 Guiding Stars)
Whole grain on the go can be a challenge to find at the store without a great deal of added sugar. Make these granola bars in advance for an easy, energizing snack. (2 Guiding Stars)