The Best Foods to Bring on a Picnic

At a recent holiday picnic I brought several raw food barbeque side dishes to share with the crowd. Not only were they delicious and nutritious, everyone enjoyed them so much they asked for the recipes.

Raw food offers several advantages as a barbeque side dish over the normal potato salad or baked bean choices. First, raw food is packed with digestive enzymes that promote the digestion of your food and assimilation of nutrients. You get more benefits from your food without the addition of extra calories and ingredients that don't promote health.

Because your body is able to utilize the vitamins, minerals and nutrients from your food you feel satisfied quicker, stay that way longer, and actually have more energy when consuming fewer calories. In addition, raw foods packs even more of a punch because the nutrients normally depleted during the cooking process are still available for your body.

Raw food barbeque side dishes are quick and easy to prepare. Depending on the recipe, you may even be able to take the ingredients and assemble it at the picnic, for maximum freshness. Raw foods also have more flavor so you can decrease or eliminate empty calories from added spices, condiments and flavorings.
Raw food as a barbeque side dish is not limited to green salads, carrots and celery sticks or a fruit salad. You will be pleasantly surprised at the variety, complexity of flavors, and interesting combination of ingredients you can find in raw food recipes. They are so simple to prepare a 5 year old child could do it, and the recipes are generally quick and easy to follow. The best part is that few ingredients are necessary.
There are many sources for raw food recipes you can use as a barbeque side dish. My favorites are angel hair pasta with marinara sauce, fettucini alfredo and a date nut torte for dessert. The pasta is made with zucchini and yellow squash. The squash is run through a spiralizer for angel hair pasta, or made into strips with a vegetable peeler for fettucini.

The alfredo sauce is made from nuts which makes it very creamy and delicious. The nuts add protein to the dish and make it a complete meal. The marinara is made with fresh tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, dates, and parsley or cilantro. The date nut torte only has four ingredients - nuts, raisins, dates and lemon juice. It doesn't get much simpler than that.

Take some raw food dishes to your next picnic as a barbeque side dish. Make sure you take plenty of copies of the recipes, though, to pass out to your friends.
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