Fun in the Sun: How to Have a Diabetes-Friendly Picnic

Summer is here! Although things may feel a bit different this year, there’s no reason you can’t spend an afternoon in the sun enjoying a picnic. Not comfortable going out to a public park? No problem – have a picnic in your yard or spread a blanket on the living room floor for some indoor fun. For those with Type 2 diabetes, the key to a healthy picnic is to plan ahead. Here are our top tips to keep things diabetes friendly while dining al fresco.

Stay Hydrated

Make sure to stay hydrated, especially if your picnic is in the sun. Cool off with a thermos of ice water and keep an eye out for signs of dehydration. If you plan to consume any alcoholic beverages, follow this guide to alcohol and Type 2 diabetes.

Find Balance

The perfect picnic basket is one that’s well-balanced with lean protein, non-starchy vegetables and whole grains. Not sure what to pack? Try these healthy recipe ideas:

Prepare for the Munchies

Be mindful of munching while you catch up with friends and family. Come prepared with satisfying and safe snacks like carrots, celery, cantaloupe, or bell peppers.  If you want to dip your veggies, whip up some simple guacamole.

Remember, Serving Sizes Matter

Whether you’re picnicking or not, it’s important to be aware of how much you’re eating. Portion out your food ahead of time to help keep yourself on track. Get creative! These mason jar salads are a fun take-along meal.

Indulging in a sweet treat? Keep things on the small side. Split a cookie with a friend and enjoy the experience together. Moderation is the safest way to indulge.  Consider following the treat with a game of frisbee or bean bag toss to burn a couple of extra calories.

Enjoy Yourself!

The best part of a picnic is spending time with the ones you love! Cherish the memories you make together and share your healthy lifestyle with them – better health leads to a longer life, and a longer life means even more special moments like this. Who are you excited to picnic with this summer?  Let us know in the comments below.

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