Plan Ahead of Time
It’s very easy to go for all of the unhealthy options when you go on a picnic. Especially, if you just stop by the store and get a bunch of highly processed foods. However, things don’t have to be this way! With some planning ahead of time, you’ll be able to have an amazing picnic spread with healthy foods. Great options to bring with you are olives, tomatoes, hummus, cucumber, carrots, and fresh fruit. You can prepare the veggies by cutting them in the form of sticks and cleaning up apples, and other such fruit that needs some parts removed, so they can be enjoyed immediately. You can also make salads and Spanish omelets, and get delicious feta cheese.
Keep the Picnic Food and Family Chilled
We all know that some summer days can get extremely hot. That’s why it’s important to keep both the food and your family members cool. Wrap all food items very well in bags or put them in containers. Put icepacks around all of the food to keep it fresh for longer. Another great tip to try is freezing some partially full water bottles the night before and putting them between all of the food items. This way, your food will stay cool and you’ll also be able to drink nice, cool water.
Swap the Drinks
If you want to stay cool but don’t want to drink plain water, you can opt for sparkling water with some lime or lemon. Adding citrus fruit to your water will make it much tastier and it’ll make you feel refreshed and cool. Chop some limes, lemons, oranges, or whatever else you want, and put them in a sealed bag or container. Keep them cool with the hack we mentioned before and enjoy your nice cold drink at your picnic!
The Beauty of Nature
While you’re enjoying your picnic, you can also look for some tasty additions for your spread. If you have never done foraging before, you should look for nettle, garlic mustard, dandelion, ransoms (wild garlic), cleavers, and elderflower (in late May). You can bring home all of these and incorporate them into the meals you’ll be making for the next week. You’ll have so much fun with the kids and other family members if you even make it as a game and see who can find the most things. At the end of the day, you will have a bunch of full bellies, fun memories, and lots of stories to tell!