Eat outside: What to pack for a perfect picnic, 2 recipes that are great on the go

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MILWAUKEE -- Are you looking for something to do outside this weekend? Why not pack a picnic? Registered dietitian and cookbook author. Erica Cleven. joins Real Milwaukee to talk about what to pack for the perfect picnic and two recipes that are great on the go.


What to pack:

  • Wet wipes
  • Sunscreen
  • 2 trash bags, one for recyclables and one for garbage
  • Plastic shopping bag(s) for dirty dishes
  • Bug spray
  • Small blanket
  • Cups
  • Plates
  • Utensils
  • Napkins


  • Use a frozen bottle of water as an ice pack
  • Use frozen grapes as ice cubes
  • Use leak-proof storage containers to transport food

Food safety:

  • Don’t eat anything that’s been left out in the heat for more than two hours

Picnic Chicken Salad

With chicken, cranberries, apples, and pecans, it's wonderful on its own or as a sandwich!

Serves 4

Adpated from


  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mashed avocado
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea  salt
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup diced Granny Smith apple
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken breast
  • Optional: sprouted grain dinner rolls or hamburger buns, lettuce leaves


  • Measuring cups
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the mayo, yogurt, mustard, onion powder and salt. Gently fold in the cranberries, pecans, apple, and chicken.
  2. Eat as is, or place on bun with lettuce.


  1. Measure ingredients
  2. Mash avocado
  3. Mix ingredients in bowl


  1. Help with cutting avocado
  2. Help with chopping chicken breast

Peanut Butter Overload Oatmeal Bites 

These peanut­buttery  snacks couldn’t be easier; just mix the ingredients together, roll into balls and eat. Makes about 20 bites


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy or chunky
  • 1/4 cup agave or honey
  • 1 1/2 cups old­fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (1/4 cup if not using coconut)


  • Measuring cups
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon


  1. In large mixing bowl, combine peanut butter and honey. Stir until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients; stir until well blended. Roll dough into ping­pong sized  balls.
  3. Store in airtight container in refrigerator up to a week.


  1. Measure ingredients
  2. Mix ingredients in bowl


  1. Help with cleanup. These are messy!
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