Hooray! School's out, the weather is warm and picnic season is officially in session! What better way to spend the lazy days of summer than stretched out on a blanket, lazily grazing away without a care? Even better, with just a little forethought, you can ensure your picnic fare keeps your positive vibes extra high with top-tier nutrition and the freshest selection. Here are some ideas for a packing a basket worth bragging about:
Summer Fruit: The best fruit of the year only comes around for a few weeks before it’s past its peak, so take advantage of in-season specialties like peaches, plums, grapes, melon and juicy berries. Prewash and pack them as is – nature took care of the “recipe” for you with these perfectly ripe sweet treats.
Crudites and Dips: While every picnic basket should have some crackers, fresh chopped vegetables make a welcome variation, too. Paired with hummus or your favorite dip, easy favorites like carrots, celery, jicama and broccoli are easy to pack, and keep your body brimming with nutrients like fiber.
Super Nuts & Seeds: Nuts are prime munching food, and serve as good sources of protein and healthy fats that keep you satiated, while helping balance blood sugar for even energy. Bring a bag of your favorite almonds or Cashews to enjoy a la carte, or keep a bag of Hemp Seeds around to toss into dips or spreads as desired.
Energy Bars: The epitome of a portable snack, energy bars are not only enjoyable to munch on for a balanced mini-meal, but due to their sweet nature, they can also substitute as a dessert to satisfy cravings! I like to take the super yummy Superfood+ Snack Bars and cut them into cookie-sized bites to grab as a healthy treat.
Better Beverages: Whether you're packing water, iced tea, lemonade or juice to stay hydrated, take advantage of every sip to enjoy some extra superfoods at the same time. Throw some Goji Berries into your tea, create purple “beauty water” by adding Maqui Powder to your bottled water or mix a Daily Superfood Boost into your juice, such as the Wellness Boost, to create an instant functional beverage.
Make this summer your healthiest yet!