The Best and Worst Picnic Foods

Going to a barbecue? Avoid the fatty and calorie-laden fare, and make these healthier recipes instead.

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Cherry or grape tomatoes

They're the perfect size for popping in your mouth, they're delicious, and they're great for you. A cup of cherry tomatoes has just 27 calories and lots of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, and antioxidants.

Brown suggests getting cherry tomatoes—and any other fruits and veggies that you can—at a farmer's market during picnic season. "Talk to the farmers about what's good," she says.

Serve them on their own, toss them in a Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Salad, or make them into Cherry Tomato Salsa and use as a dip.

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