The Perfect Summer Picnic Menu for Diabetes

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The Perfect Summer Picnic Menu for Diabetes

When the weather warms up and the sun is shining, bring your meal outside for a fresh and relaxing picnic dinner. Serve up this summer picnic menu for a laid back weekend party with family and friends—or just as a fun idea for shaking up your summer dinner routine. This menu balances satisfying protein, healthy carbs (each dish is under 30 g), and plenty of produce so that you can mix-and-match to meet your own carb goals. Be sure to pack up a gorgeous salad or veggie-packed side dish to enjoy the bounty and deliciousness of fresh summer produce. And make room for dessert! Individually portioned mini cheesecakes packed up in mason jars are the perfect ending to a laid-back summertime meal.

Pulled Chicken & Pickled Veggie Wraps (248 calories, 27 g carbohydrates)

Pulled Chicken

These colorful chicken wraps are perfect for a crowd. Marinated radishes, onions and carrots add a salty crunch—and a sneaky serving of vegetables! You can make them ahead, wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

Cauliflower-Potato Salad with Horseradish Dressing (100 calories, 17 g carbohydrates)

Cauliflower-Potato Salad with Horseradish Dressing

You can't have a summer picnic without potato salad. In this healthy recipe, sneaky cauliflower cuts down on the carbs and calories, and is a perfect match for a tangy horseradish dressing.

Tomato Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette (90 calories, 7 g carbohydrates)

Tomato & cucumber salad on a plate

Bulk up your meal with fresh, seasonal vegetables for a refreshing low-carb side dish. In this gorgeous tomato salad, heirloom tomatoes add a pop of color, while fresh cucumbers give you a satisfying crunch. You'll want to make extra vinaigrette to put on your lunch salads for the week.

Cucumber-Peach Hibiscus Agua Fresca (47 calories, 12 g carbohydrates)

Cucumber-Peach Hibiscus Agua Fresca

Peaches and cucumbers lend their summery flavors to this hibiscus agua fresca, a traditional Mexican fruit drink that's perfect for hot days. Serve it in a big pitcher if you're at home or in individual mason jars if you're packing up a picnic to go.

Key Lime Mason Jar Cheesecakes (118 calories, 16 g carbohydrates)

Key Lime Mason Jar Cheesecakes

Save room for dessert and pack up mini cheesecakes in small mason jars. These individual desserts are not only adorable, they also keep portion sizes in check. You can make them ahead of time and keep them in the fridge for up to 24 hours. If you're packing a picnic, tote them in your cooler with an ice pack to keep cold.

More Summer Recipes to Try:

Top Diabetes-Friendly Recipes for Summer
5-Day Diabetes Meal Plan for Summer

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