06 Jul Nature’s Table: Let’s Picnic
Whether it’s a hike in the woods, a day at the beach, or a relaxing afternoon in the park, packing a picnic can be a fun and healthy way to enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends. However, it can be challenging to pack healthy options that are both delicious and easy to transport.
Here are some helpful tips to make your picnic both healthy and enjoyable:
Choose Healthy Foods
When it comes to packing a healthy picnic, focus on fresh, whole foods that are filled with nutrients. Here are some ideas for healthy picnic foods:
· Fresh Fruits: Bring an assortment of fresh fruits, including apples, strawberries, blueberries, and grapes. In addition to being delicious, they are also a great source of vitamins and antioxidants.
· Veggies and Dip: Chop fresh vegetables like bell peppers, carrots, and cucumbers and combine them with a healthy spread like hummus or guacamole.
· Salads: Bring a salad with vegetables, fresh greens, and a protein like grilled chicken or tofu, and a whole grain carbohydrate like quinoa or brown rice.
· Nuts and Seeds: Bring a variety of nuts and seeds, such as cashews, almonds, and pumpkin seeds. They are an excellent source of healthy fats, fiber, and also have protein.
· Water: Carry a lot of water to stay hydrated all day. Slices of lemon or cucumber or even mint or basil can be added to boost the flavor.
· Beverages: Bring unsweetened iced tea, Spindrift seltzer, or coconut water if you want a refreshing substitute for soda or sweetened beverages.
When packing your picnic, it’s important to pack smart. Here are some tips for packing a healthy picnic:
· Use a Cooler: Use a cooler to keep your food fresh and safe to eat.
· Use Reusable Containers: Pack your food in reusable containers to reduce waste.
· Bring Utensils: Remember to pack some plates, cups, and utensils.
· Pack Ice Packs: Ice packs keep your food cool and fresh.
· Keep it Simple: Keep your picnic simple and easy to transport. Avoid bringing foods that are messy or difficult to eat.
Move your Body
After your picnic, take a stroll or play bocce or frisbee. This will aid in digestion, as well as help to keep your blood sugar more stable. In addition, being active will keep you energized all day long.
You can create a tasty and nourishing picnic that the whole family will enjoy by making thoughtful preparations, selecting healthy foods, and packing your meals.
What are you waiting for?
Load up your basket and your cooler, grab a blanket, and set out for a day of fun in nature!
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It’s a great way to get back on track after a fun-filled summer!
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