We love a great picnic here at Allergy Test – what could be better than enjoying the great outdoors whilst dining al fresco? If you’re well-equipped with the right foods then it can really lift your mood.
You don’t even have to do anything too elaborate – you could simply pack up a salad and some snacks, armed with a picnic blanket and your close friends or family. However, you shouldn’t fall into the trap of buying shop-bought snacks as they may contain hidden ingredients that will make your intolerance symptoms rear their ugly head.
Here, the team at Allergy Test are sharing our picnic-friendly ideas so that you can make the most of dining in the sunshine:
Allergy Test: The Main Dish
For the main dish, depending on the size of your picnic party, why not take a whole cooked chicken? A healthy meat packed with protein, butter your chicken up with olive oil, cracked black pepper, sea salt and chopped garlic – even adding a sprinkle of chilli flakes if you have a taste for spicy food. If you’re a vegetarian then why not try some pre-cooked vegetable skewers? Adding mushrooms, tomatoes and roasted peppers.
Allergy Test: Side Dishes
Salads are the perfect accompaniment to any picnic dish – choose your leafy greens, then add cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, chopped basil and black pitted olives. Try making your own salad dressings from home and storing them in small mason jars – this means you avoid any ingredients, such as wheat, that shop-bought salad dressings may include. We love mixing 6 tablespoons of olive oil with 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, adding a pinch of sea salt and a pinch of black pepper to create a delicious balsamic dressing.
Allergy Test: Snacks
For a healthy snacking option, why not make your own dip and enjoy with carrots, celery, peppers and radish to dip? A houmous or tzatziki would be a great accompaniment to your main dish – there are some amazing recipes online that are completely intolerant-friendly! You could also try a homemade slaw, which is much healthier than shop-bought slaws. Chop 2 carrots, 1 small white cabbage and 1 small onion and mix with 2 tablespoons of fat-free yoghurt and 1 tablespoon of grainy mustard. Add sea salt and pepper to taste – it really is that simple!
Allergy Test: Dessert
Dessert is where you can be a little bit indulgent if you wish! Depending on how many guests you have at your picnic party, you could make a big sweet cherry pie – with a gluten-free base if you struggle with gluten products – or even some chocolate brownies. You can switch the egg in the brownies for avocado as a binding ingredient if you’re intolerant to eggs. There are many great alternatives out there so that you can still indulge in your favourite sweet treats without experiencing your intolerance symptoms.
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