A Soy-Free Picnic

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One of the best ways to enjoy beautiful weather is by having a picnic! We love sitting outside with food and friends. Here are some soy-free food ideas ideas for your next picnic to maximize your enjoyment of an afternoon outside.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables are refreshing options for a picnic that are also soy-free! Do be careful of any dips or sauces (check the ingredients before eating), but fresh fruit and vegetables by themselves are great soy-free picnic options.

 Soy-free picnic foods are easy to find - IMAGE VIA PIXABAY

Soy-free picnic foods are easy to find - IMAGE VIA PIXABAY

Chips and Pretzels
Chips and pretzels are great picnic snacks because most people like them and almost all varieties are soy-free. Potato chips and tortilla chips, with salsa and guacamole, are pretty common sights at picnics; if you are looking for something a little more unique, consider bringing pita chips or veggie straws. They provide a similar taste, aren’t quite as common, and are great soy-free options!

Nuts
Nuts can be a great option for a picnic, but you need to carefully check the ingredient list first. While soy isn’t likely to be an ingredient, nuts can be roasted in soybean oil and therefore nuts may need to be avoided. Nuts that are still in the shell, like pistachios or in-shell peanuts, are great soy-free options as they aren’t pre-roasted.

Meats and Cheeses
Meats and cheeses are the classic picnic foods. It seems like every picnic set comes with a cheeseboard and knife, and a nice salami and a block of cheese seem to just taste better on a warm summer day. Meats and cheeses are great soy-free options for picnic food! But, be careful when pairing these with crackers. Crackers frequently contain soy, so make sure to check the ingredient list to ensure to buy crackers that are safe to eat (we’ve found that the presence of soy varies most by brand, not flavor). Meats, cheeses, and soy-free crackers are some of our favorite picnic foods.

 Fresh fruit makes a great picnic food - IMAGE VIA PIXABAY

Fresh fruit makes a great picnic food - IMAGE VIA PIXABAY

Bread and Cookies
Other picnic products that we love include things like bread and cookies. These are tougher to find as many options will contain soy, but soy-free varieties do exist. Fresh bread is more likely to be soy-free, but be sure to check the ingredients before eating. It is harder to find soy-free cookie options in the grocery store. If you’ve got your heart set on cookies, consider making chocolate chip cookies instead of scouring the store shelves for a soy-free option. 

With the above items, your picnic can be a huge soy-free success! These foods are common, so everyone can enjoy them while you are also able to eat all of them. Enjoy the great weather and good food!