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Bridgette's Best: Top 5 Summer Picnic Ideas

By Bridgette Clare, RHN on June 24, 2015, categorized in Plant-based Nutrition

Bridgette's Best: Top 5 Summer Picnic Ideas

Who doesn’t love lists? What if I served you delicious, bite-sized morsels of information on topics ranging from natural skin care to healthy eating and even fun ways to stay active?  As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN), and Certified Raw Foods Chef, experimenting in the kitchen, sharing new recipes and easy wellness tips is what I’m all about!  

Ever since I learned about the Teddy Bear’s Picnic I’ve loved eating outside. During the summer I want to dine al fresco every chance I get which is why I love picnics. Just like listening to your favorite throwback jams on repeat packing, the same picnic basket favorites can get a bit tired. My solution?  Turning classic picnic dishes into new favorites that satisfy hunger and a love of outdoor dining while still bringing on that nostalgic vibe.

Next time you head out for a picnic, grab your favorite blanket, your summertime playlist, some friends and mix things up with these five simple picnic ideas that are sure to keep everyone excited about outdoor dining, all summer long.

1. B.O.B. (Bring on the Bars)

Nuts and dried fruit (I love walnuts, almonds, goji berries and mulberries) with their blend of protein, fiber and healthy fats are snack trifecta but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with trail mix. If you want to mix things up with a different kind of picnic snacks (or even dessert) try these energy bites. No time to make to these energy bites? No problem. Throw some Vega Snack Bars into your picnic basket.

2. Roll Out

Sandwiches are a picnic fave because they’re so easy to assemble and can be made to suit every person at the party (yes I consider every picnic a party). Sandwiches can be a bit heavy in the warmer months so I opt for fresh salad rolls, like these summer peanut rolls instead. They’re easy to assemble and can be made to suit just like the classic sandwich. When a sandwich or a roll seems like a bit too much, take advantage of summertime tomatoes with fresh bruschetta.

3. Get Ur Fruit On

Missy be puttin’ it down...Puttin’ down strawberries, grapes, watermelon and other seasonal fruit on the picnic table, that is. Mix up your traditional fruit skewer or fruit plate and stay hydrated by adding frozen grapes to your melons and berries. I love hydrating, frozen grapes as a picnic dessert and use them for fruit ice cubes in summer drinks and nothing says summer refreshment like a piece of fresh, juicy watermelon. Change up your watermelon game with a watermelon avocado salad.

4. Tong Song

Fresh summer salads and produce can’t be beat. Trade in your go-to sliced, picnic veggies like carrots and celery for portable Mason jar salads to take advantage of a variety of nutritious and seasonal veggies. If you love your sliced picnic veggies try them with a new hummus recipe or go outside the box (or basket in this case) and dip them in this vegan potato salad.

5. You Can Do It (Put Your Drink into It)

Move over sangria here’s a new cocktail on the scene. Your cooler never looked so good with melons and cucumber in this hydrating cocktail.   If you want to work up an appetite before your next picnic then I recommend taking your workout to the playground with these no gym, no problem moves. Looking for more recipes for when it’s too hot to cook? Check out my top five no bake recipe picks.

Do you have a go-to picnic dish? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.