With the warmer weather and the sun being out longer during the day, it gives you more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors! It is no wonder why July is National Picnic Month! Picnics are the perfect time to enjoy a laid back and relaxing social gathering in the park.
A picnic gives you the chance to get creative. The best part is that you canenjoy a delicious meal without spending hours of planning and prepping the food. You can keep it light and simple!
Not sure what to pack for your next picnic? Here are a few staples you can get creative with!
- Fruits galore– You can never get enough of fresh fruits during the warm weather. Take advantage of the fruits in season such as berries, cherries, peaches, nectarines and melons. You can also bring unpeeled fresh fruit such as oranges and bananas that don’t need any refrigeration to make it easier for you.
- On-the-go vegetables– Some veggies are easier than others to take with you when you’re on the go. Prep and pack baby carrots, celery sticks, broccoli florets, asparagus, bell pepper slices, cucumber slices or simply cut up your favorite veggies.
- Add flavor with dips– Bring along some refreshing dips that go great with your veggies. You can use hummus, Greek yogurt dips and homemade salsa. Try out my recipe Avocado Dip with an Extra Protein Punchfor a quick avocado dip to take with you!
- Spreads– Peanut and almond butter pair perfectly with fruit slices or even on a slice of bread! You can also check out my recipe for Animal Shaped Rice Cakes or Breadfor more ideas!
- Sandwiches– Instead of sticking to deli sandwiches, prep your own at home. By making it yourself, you know how much and what goes in to it! Opt for whole wheat, multigrain, rye, flaxseed, or Ezekiel bread for more fiber.The options to fill it are endless! Try grilled chicken, tuna or egg salad and top with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, spinach or avocado! Mix it up to your liking!
- Finger foods– Simple foods that you can eat with your hands are always a staple at picnics! This includes nuts, crackers, cheese sticks and rice cakes! If you want to get a little more creative, try combining different foods like I did with my Vegetable Cheese Skewers.
- Water– Don’t forget to stay hydrated! Bring individual bottles of water for trouble-free packing or put it all in one big jug with fruit or cucumber slices! You can also try brewing your own tea and cooling it with ice to make your own iced tea!
You can easily make the most out of your picnics with family and friends and enjoy that time to share a meal together. Don’t forget, it’s not all about the food. Bring a ball with you and enjoy a game of soccer or Frisbee. Just have some fun while outdoors!
Your turn to take action: What foods will take with you on your next picnic? Let me know in the comments below!