January 23, 2018

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Perfect Picnic


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Featured Recipe: Southwest Sweet Potato Salad

Pack your picnic basket and head to the park, the beach or even your backyard for a fun and laid-back summer celebration. Keep the food casual and fuss free so you can spend more time savoring the season and less time preparing and cleaning up. Use this picnic planning guide to make it perfect.

No Cooking Required

To make your picnic stress-free, add no-cook recipes to the menu. Layer wraps, pita sandwiches or mini sliders with 97 percent fat-free Buddig® Oven-Roasted Turkey or Ham, Honey Ham or Honey Turkey Deli Cuts, seasonal vegetables and hummus or tangy mustard. All Deli Cuts meet the American Heart Association’s criteria as a heart healthy choice with less fat and sodium than other deli meats. Or try making a Turkey Caprese sandwich. Top ciabatta bread with Oven-Roasted Turkey, a slice of fresh part-skim mozzarella, basil leaves and Florida® Tomato slices drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Slimmer Salads

Did you know classic picnic sides like coleslaw and macaroni or potato salads made with creamy dressings add up to over 350 calories per cup? To lighten these salads, plus more of your favorite recipes, substitute Chobani® Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt to cut back on the amount of mayonnaise and sour cream used. It’s thick and creamy texture delivers a similar result to your finished dish, yet it contains just 140 calories per cup without the fat. Greek yogurt also supplies an excellent source of protein plus calcium. For dessert recipes, parfaits or smoothies, try Strawberry and Vanilla flavored Chobani® Greek Yogurt.

Pack the Season’s Finest

Watermelon, corn-on-the-cob, strawberries and tomatoes—oh my! Brighten your picnic table with vibrant seasonal produce. Sink your teeth into juicy and sweet Florida® Tomatoes as a burger topper, in chilled gazpacho soup, atop green salads or simply by the slice. Tomatoes are bursting with nutrition as an excellent source of vitamins A and plus natural blood-pressure lowering potassium and the antioxidant lycopene. For best results always store tomatoes stem up at room temperature—never refrigerate.

Finger Foods

Grab-and-go foods like raw vegetables, whole-grain crackers and baked snacks are essentials for outdoor dining. Made from real pita bread, then twice-baked, one-of-a-kind Stacy’s® Pita Chips are pleasantly crunchy and fit right in with popular picnic fare. With the seasonings baked right in, these chips are flavorful enough to stand alone, or serve them alongside nutritious dips and toppers like hummus, reduced-fat cheese and fresh fruit and veggie salsas.

Hydrate Right and Light

When picnicking in the heat, sip water, unsweetened iced tea or low-calorie drinks to stay hydrated, especially during physical activity. If your thirst demands refreshment with flavor, try new 100 percent natural True Lemon® Original and Raspberry Lemonade. Each portable packet features fresh, cold-pressed and crystallized lemon that’s lightly sweetened with no-calorie stevia. Pour it into 16 ounces of water for a beverage with just 5 calories. True Lemon® is also available in packets to add fresh lemon taste to water or other summer drinks.

Just Desserts

Make the finale of your outdoor gathering a super sweet one with desserts made with new Domino® Light. This blend of pure sugar cane, zero-calorie stevia extract and natural flavors contains just five calories per serving and can be used to replace half the amount of sugar called for in the recipe. For best results, use in recipes with chocolate, cinnamon and sweet fresh fruit. Or stir it into iced tea or lemonade. Look for Domino® Organic Light and Amber Agave Nectar, a liquid sweetener made from the agave plant that can be used in cooking and baking.

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