How to Picnic the Right Way
Eating outside is a great way to soak in some summer sun. And it can be a really fun way to experience a meal with friends and family. We’re talking about something much more than just moving your food outside onto a blanket. For the most successful picnics, it helps to have tips from the experts. We’ve got you covered with simple ideas that will have you picnicking like a pro in no time!
When packing for your picnic, make sure you cover the three Fs: Food, Function, and Fun! Finger foods, snacks and meals that can be easily packed are best (more about that later). Remember functional essentials like coolers, plates, utensils, napkins, and blankets—and don’t forget sunscreen and bug spray! Last, pack fun games to make the day even more of an adventure.
Prep the Menu
Choose a menu that travels well, and that can be served at room temperature. Prepping the food at home will save you stress later, and help you avoid having to pack can openers and sharp knives! Make the meal completely yours and think outside the box. Need inspiration? We put together a bunch of great picnic-perfect recipes on the blog.
A common misconception around picnics is that food is the main event, but that doesn’t need to be true. When it comes to maximizing the picnic experience, activities are your best friend. From playing cards or board games to flying a kite or taking a short hike, activities are a fantastic way to keep everyone engaged and build up a healthy appetite!
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.