Paleo Picnics might at first sight provide some of the same challenges that we might find in relation to eating out in that if you don’t have bread or pastry then what do you do? What I would like to do in this post is to provide you with some ideas that you can use for your Paleo picnic or that you can have on hand as snacks for lunches or mid-morning or afternoon breaks.
The Paleo Template
As indicated in the opening we can take exactly the same approach that we did with eating out when planning a Paleo picnic. Nell Stephenson, a popular expert on Paleo and a favourite author of mine says the way to do this is ” picture an empty plate onto which we place a base of vegetables, followed by some lean protein and finish it off with some healthy fat and maybe even some fruit”………honestly what could be simpler?
Using this Paleo template and a little imagination it should be relatively easy for us to come up with some goodies to grace the picnic blanket, that will tickle the taste buds and at the same time keep us on track with our healthy lifestyle goals and targets.
Basic techniques such as using large crisp lettuce leaves, as wraps or boats, to replace buns bread and pastry are useful for picnics. A lot of fruit and vegetables are already picnic ready and it doesn’t take much imagination to put together a Paleo antipasto platter with meats and crudités and suitable dips.
Also, learning about food combinations both from a food consistency and flavours perspective will help you imagine any number of enjoyable alternatives once you have the basic theory in your head.
Top Tip: drink lots of water about 8 glasses a day is recommended by the Paleo experts.
Two Paleo Dips
Here are two items to get you started; what is a picnic without dips, here are two of the most delicious Paleo snack dips: You will need:
Avocado Garlic Dip
- 1 Medium Ripe Avocado
- 1/2 cup Coconut Milk
- 1/4 cup Paleo Mayo
- 1 tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
- 2 tbsp. Fresh Coriander
- 1 tsp Crushed Garlic
- Cracked Black Pepper
- Ground Sea Salt
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor and mix on pulse until a smooth creamy consistency is achieved.
- Pour into a bowl (or storage jar for transport)
- Serve with Crudités
Paleo Picnic Hummus
- 1 Large Head of Cauliflower (Florets)
- 2 tsp. Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil
- 1 tsp. Sea Salt
- 1 tbsp. Tahini
- 3 tsp peeled crushed garlic
- 2-3 tbsp. Lemon Juice
- 3 tbsp. Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil
- Cracked Black Pepper
- Ground Sea Salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 F non fans assisted
- Place the cauliflower florets in an oven-proof dish. Drizzle 2 tsp. olive oil over the florets, sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt, and toss to combine.
- Place in the oven to roast for 45 minutes until the cauliflower is well cooked.
- Remove from the oven and cool.
- Combine the cauliflower, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, 3 tbsp oil and seasoning in a blender. Add a little water for a creamy consistency if needed.
- Season to taste
- Serve with crudités and Paleo crackers.
Sprouting nuts is said to provide higher nutritional value and have the effect of breaking down phytic acid and neutralise other harmful compounds to be found in nuts seeds and grains. This is how you sprout them, you will need;
- 12 tsp Sea Salt
- 2 Cups of Eaw Organic Nuts (of your choice)
- Fill a glass jar half full of water, add salt, stir to dissolve completely.
- Add the nuts and fill the jar with water.
- Soak overnight.
- Drain the water rinse the jar and refill with fresh water.
- Repeat until sprouting happens.
- Rinse the nuts and spread on paper towels to dry.
- Keep in storage jars and season to choice for snacks or picnics.
Spiced Paleo Brazils
Now that we have our sprouted nuts we can spice them up a bit, You will need:
- 2 Cups Sprouted Brazil Nuts
- 1/4 Small Lime
- Channel Pepper
- Place the nuts in a bowl with the lime and mix well.
- Sprinkle the pepper (With some caution to begin with).
- Spread on an oven tray with paper towels to dry through.
- Keep and transport in a glass storage container.
Cinnamon Ginger Pecans
These have a wee touch of Christmas about them but of course you don’t need to wait for Christmas top eat them, You will need:
- 2 Cups Sprouted Pecans
- 1Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger
- Preheat oven to 375 (non fan assist).
- Combine and mix all ingredients in a bowl.
- Spread on a baking tray for 10 mins stirring after 5 mins.
- Remove the tray from the oven and cool.
- These can be stored in a tight glass jar for up to two weeks
Crudités or Antipasto
So now we have two delicious paleo dips and some tasty nut recipes. If we now add to this, sliced capsicums, (yellow, red and orange), baton carrots, celery, baby tomatoes, sliced or whole button mushrooms, spring onions, sliced radish and good quality naturally cured cold meats (watch for the additives) then we have a Paleo picnic that is probably making your mouth water just thinking about it
Easy – But What do You Think?
So nothing complicated here at all (sprouting nuts is water, salt and a jar) which is the way I like it and I hope the reason that you come to this site and hopefully keep coming back to the site because I want to help you to make Paleo easy.
I would be interested to hear from any of you about your own Paleo picnic experiences and or your favourite Paleo snack items; what the ingredients are and how to prepare them. Thanks for looking at these ideas today stay tuned for a lot more tips and recipes to support you Paleo lifestyle. If you think Paleo is for you read my book review on Paleo for Beginners.