It is summertime and what better way to enjoy the day than by being outside. Whether you plan to spend a quiet afternoon with your significant other or a day with the entire family, packing a picnic is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and a good meal at the same time. And the best part, there are on-the-go, healthy options that don’t ever require you to turn on the oven, or the grill. So, purchase a basket and pack up this easy, no mess meal for a successful picnic at the park or on the lawn.
- Vegetable Salad– gather your favorite greens such as arugula, spinach or mixed salad in a to-go container along with your toppings of choice. Be sure to include lots of cut-up vegetables such as green peppers, carrots, onions, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes. Some other suggestions to add flavor include: sunflower seeds, almonds, dried cranberries, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh herbs.
- Cold Wraps– using whole wheat or flavored tortillas and wrap up your favorite protein. Depending on your taste, try one of the following easy options: Turkey, cheese and veggies, Nut butter and apple slices, Hummus Spread and vegetables. All 3 of these wraps work great for picnics. Add additional fresh herbs or condiments of your choice.
- Fruit Salad– mix and max your favorite fruits such as watermelon, cheeriest, honeydew and pineapple to make a colorful and healthy addition and feed your sweet tooth.
To avoid a mess, avoid foods that melt and keep it as easy as possible by packing foods that do not require refrigeration. Lastly, keep it classy! Throw down a blanket, use cloth napkins and use actual glassware. You can even bring a small radio to listen to music and maybe even a centerpiece.
Enjoy the great outdoors, healthy food and the company of someone special.