Summer Picnic Picks

By Kim Hoban, RDN, CDN, CPT

The Egg Nutrition Center partnered with Kim Hoban, RDN, CDN, CPT to write this blog post.

With summer in full swing, calendars are filling up with outdoor concert series, beach days and picnics in the park. Eggs and egg dishes might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think picnic food, but they’re actually a great option for the busy summer season, as they pack a protein punch and are super portable. We all know egg salad is delicious, especially when you switch it up with fun flavors like sriracha, dill or curry, but this summer, why not try some picnic picks that feature eggs in a totally new way? Whether you’re spending the whole day out and about or just enjoying a midday lunch date, read on for fun ways to egg-spand your picnic palate.

If you’re headed out for a long day at the beach or water park, prep some of these Spicy Black Bean Breakfast Burritos or Bacon, Egg and Mushroom Burritos in advance to fuel your adventures. Bring a burrito along for breakfast en route or to enjoy as you set up your spot in the sand.

Be the hero of a potluck picnic with friends by bringing these super simple and nutrient dense Veggie Egg Pops to snack on. Or, add some crunch to your lunch with this Cobb Salad Wrap that makes handheld eating easy and delicious. And of course, traditional deviled eggs can’t be beat when it comes to picnic fare! If you’re worried about transporting the little devils, try placing each egg into its own cupcake liner. You can also pack the empty egg white halves in one container and the deviled egg filling in a food storage bag, then fill just before serving.

Finally, don’t forget dessert! Fruit salad is a simple and seasonal way to serve up something sweet, or try these Cherry Cheesecake Bars.

No matter how you choose to enjoy eggs during the summer picnic season, remember to keep cold foods cold (below 40°F) to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy. Pack food in a well-insulated cooler with plenty of ice or ice packs. It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re having fun with family and friends, but be careful not to let food sit out more than two hours and if the temperature rises higher than 90°F, stick to an hour or less. Bring a timer or set an alarm on your cell phone to remind you when it’s time to put food away.