A Quick Checklist for a Healthy BBQ or Picnic

May 25, 2021

Have you been to Metcalf Bottoms in Wear’s Valley before? I went for the first time on Mother’s Day and it is a great place for hiking and picnicking…very worth the drive if you are looking for a lovely spot.

I tried something new on Mother’s Day too, I brought a hand-cranked, ice cream machine and we made ice cream on our picnic.  The kids absolutely loved it and I think outdoor ice cream making is going to be a new tradition for us.  

It is so easy to put together your ice cream mix in the morning before you start your adventure and then stick it in the ice chest.  When you are done with the fun of the day you can sit under a tree with the kids and get to churning….they love helping, their smiles are priceless and the ice cream is DECADENT.

Today I was inspired with another great idea for a fun food tradition by a mama who swung by the farm to pick up her milk before leaving on vacation.  Not only was she taking her milk on her trip to the beach, but she had also made ricotta and mozzarella.  She shared her plans to make homemade pizza for her family while they vacationed. 

Amazing! This mama is giving her children the gift of growing up thinking eating healthfully is a beautiful and normal part of life. I want to be like her:)

I know that you are that kind of mom too…the kind who cares about her children’s health so much she is willing to bring an ice cream machine to a picnic or homemade mozzarella and ricotta to the beach so her children can enjoy pizza by the ocean.  


I also know that giving our children the gift of healthy eating habits can be a lot of work, so to inspire you and maybe help you get out the door a bit more easily, I put together this Quick Checklist for A Healthy BBQ or Picnic.

Your Quick Check List for a Healthy BBQ or Picnic

Food Items: 
Grapes or Sliced Watermelon 
Deviled Eggs
Carrots Sticks, cucumber Slices and Ranch (Primal Kitchens makes a great healthy Ranch or make your own with kefir…YUM!)
Baked, Blue Tortilla Chips and Salsa
Ice Cream Mix in a large jar (Check our Homepage to download the Ice Cream Recipe Book)
Homemade Lemonade 
Kombucha (GT’s is my favorite store bought option…kudos if you DIY)
Ice Cream Salt 
Ice (Enough to fill your ice cream maker and keep everything cold)

If you want to do Hamburgers also bring….
Pre-shaped patties (For best results, just shape the meat into a patties and put them in a ziplock, but wait to sprinkle them with salt and pepper until you are ready to start grilling.)
Sourdough Bread or Sprouted Buns
Raw, Pastured Cheese
Sliced Tomatoes
Lacto-Fermented Pickles (Make your own or buy “Bubbies” at the store in the refrigerator section.)
Sugar-Free Ketchup (Primal Kitchens makes a great, healthy ketchup.)
Mayo (Make your own or purchase one without trans fats.)
Mustard (Hint: Put your condiments into smaller jars and bring them so you don’t have to worry about contaminating the entire jar of mayo, mustard, ect.)

If you want to make Steaks also bring….
Seasoned Steaks (I like to put a dry rub on mine, place them in a large ziplock and then let the sit in the fridge overnight.)

Non-Food Items: 
Ice Cream Maker 
BBQ Tools (Spatula, Scraper, ect.)
Wood or Charcoal 
Sharp Knives (Especially if serving steak)
Condiment Knives
Forks, Spoons and Knives 
Paper Plates, Cups and Napkins (I use the cups to serve ice cream in, but you can bring bowls too)

Speaking of BBQ’s, we have three quarters of our Grass-Fed, Grass-Finished Salad Bar Beef still available.  This is the last time we will be able offer this superfood until next Spring so be sure to stock up.

Don’t be a stranger! I would LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!!! Shoot me an email or comment below with your best tips, tricks and hacks of how you do healthy foods in your everyday and in special occasions.  

And if you really want to make my day, come on out to the farm this weekend.  We have new cows, baby calves to feed, eggs to collect and we would love for you to bring your kids to do all the fun farm things....sign up here:)

Savannah Hartman

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