The next time you need snacks for a picnic or you’re trying to feed your hungry kids, take out a muffin tin and pop in these ingredients. Once you're done snacking, you can pop the tray into your dishwasher for easy clean-up.
A few of our favorites to include in a picnic snack tray are Chomplings (a great way to pack in protein for your kids), grapes, beet hummus, grape tomatoes and carrots. Use whatever small snacks you have on hand that you love. All snack tray ideas are welcome!
What Is a Picnic Snack Tray?
Now that you're all set for a sunny day outdoors, let's talk about the star of the show - your picnic snack tray! Finding the right snacks for a picnic can be a delightful journey, and we've got some snack tray ideas to turn an ordinary outing into a gourmet adventure.
A picnic snack tray is not just a container of food. It can be a creative canvas for mixing and matching your favorite nibbles. By using a muffin tin as your tray, you can create individual compartments filled with quick bites, including Chomplings (hello, protein boost!).
When it comes to thinking up creative snack ideas, there are no boundaries to what you can do. Tailor your picnic snack tray to fit various tastes and dietary needs. Got a nut allergy in the family? No worries, swap the nuts for seeds. Want to spice things up a bit? Italian Style Beef Chomplings are a great choice.
A picnic snack tray also offers a hands-on activity if you're picnicking with children. Let your little ones assemble the trays, picking their favorite snacks for a picnic. It's a clever way to engage them and let them enjoy their imagination.
So, whether it's a romantic outing or a fun family day, our snack tray ideas can turn your picnic into a vibrant culinary medley. Stay tuned, as we're about to dive into the exact ingredients for your picnic snack tray to ensure your next outdoor gathering is nothing short of a blast!
Photo by Megan Weimer
Ingredients for Your Picnic Snack Tray
- 1 muffin pan
- 1/2 cup grape tomatoes
- 3 persian cucumbers, sliced and cut
- 1 cup of mixed nuts (or seeds if you have an nut allergy)
- 1 bag of Original Turkey Chomplings (or 2 full sized Original Beef or Jalapeño Beef Chomps sticks)
- 1 cup of Beet Hummus
- 1 cup of Tzatziki dip
- 1 cup of baby carrots
- 1/2 cup of gluten-free pretzels
Directions for Making Snacks for a Picnic
- In a muffin tin, place each of the snacks into a different cup. Put tzatziki or ranch dip into one of the cups and beet hummus into another so that you can dip your veggies and Chomps.
- If you're bringing this to a picnic, pack all of your veggies in reusable bags or small tupperware (along with your muffin tin). Once you get to your picnic, let your kids organize your snack tray ideas into the muffin tins and enjoy!
Healthy Snacks Beyond the Picnic Tray
Healthy snacking doesn't have to be limited to days when we're indulging in snacks for a picnic. The idea of nutritious and enjoyable eating can extend into our everyday lives, fostering a lifestyle that embraces wellness without sacrificing flavor.
Think of your picnic snack tray as a microcosm of your overall diet. Just as you carefully select and balance snacks for a picnic, you can apply those same principles daily. They can help you make conscious choices that satisfy not just your taste buds but also nourish your body.
Taking Your Snack Tray Ideas Into Daily Life
How about creating a weekday snack tray filled with colorful fruits, raw nuts, low-fat cheese, and whole-grain crackers? This approach allows you to have readily available nutritious options throughout the week. The variety ensures that you won't get bored and are less tempted by unhealthy choices.
If you've enjoyed Chomplings as a protein-packed addition to your picnic snack tray, why not incorporate them into your regular snack routine? They're not just great snacks for a picnic. Enjoy them anytime as a tasty and nutritious protein boost.
A picnic snack tray usually includes a beautiful mix of textures, flavors, and nutrients. This balance can also be a guiding principle for your daily eating habits. By ensuring that your meals and snacks are filled with a variety of food groups, you get to enjoy diverse tastes while also fueling your body.
Happy healthy snacking!