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How to Pack a Healthy Family Picnic

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If you’re trying to fit in the last of your family fun before the school bells start to ring, how about a picnic at Carmichael Park? It’s National Picnic Month, after all! Bring the dog, grab the frisbee, load the kids in the car, and pack a healthy family picnic to enjoy! Sure, eating healthy can sometimes be a challenge when you’re out and about, but packing a healthy picnic is easier than you think!


Lucky for you, ‘tis the season for fresh fruits and veggies! Cut up some fruit and make a low-fat yogurt dip, colorful fruit salad, or fruit kabobs. Grill vegetables or chomp on them raw with hummus. You can try spreading peanut butter over celery, too – your kids might just love it!

Also, bring along whole grain tortilla chips and salsa or bean dip, and stick with whole grain wraps or bread as well. Choose lean meat like turkey or chicken, and substitute mayo with a low-fat dressing. Like pasta salad? Use whole grain pasta and those veggies of yours and toss in a vinaigrette! For drinks, avoid sugary options and instead pack water, 100% fruit juice, or unsweetened tea. Easy, peasy, right?

So, ditch those old standbys like potato salad, hot dogs, fried chicken, soda pop, and chips, and make it a healthy family picnic instead! After all, eating healthy is not only good for you and your family, it’s good for your feet! It helps promote good circulation, nerve health, strong bones, and more, and when your feet are healthy, you can enjoy all sorts of family fun!

If you’d like additional tips or need help with family foot care of any kind, feel free to give our Carmichael, CA office a call by dialing (916) 961-3434. We’ll be glad to help you stay healthy so you can enjoy the rest of your summer!

Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.
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