Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Springtime Tips for Healthy Picnics

You know, the basics of The $100 Diet also work for health reasons for picnics. I know, it's not so warm EVERYWHERE yet, but as it about 80 degrees here in Las Vegas (with a nice breeze, I might add)it's getting me in the mood for springtime and outdoor eating. Picnics, BBQs and pretty much all outdoor parties I like in the spring. So that is why I chose this topic to chat about today.

One of my favorite picnic recipes was something that my mom used to make when she would take us all out to wineries out near San Ynez, California. It was a hollowed out round bread, and inside was layered with thinly sliced deli turkey, roasted red peppers,sliced swiss cheese and instead of mayo (which I personally can't stand) was a pesto and olive oil mixture. Oh, it was so good with a glass of nice dry white wine. Sigh. Well, anyway, my whole point is that many salad recipes and such in the cookbook section of The $100 Diet stick to the same idea, whether you are going on a picnic or not.

When making salads that you would normally put mayo or some other salad dressing, put olive oil and vinegar instead and season it yourself. It tastes really clean and you will be surprised at how much weight you drop from that alone.

Drank too much green beer last night, girls? If that is so, then this ingredient switcheroo is especially for you.

Bathing suit season will be here before we all know what hit us....