Who doesn’t love the word “picnic”? It conjures up warm feelings of delicious food, beautiful natural settings, quality time with loved ones and friends, and maybe a romantic outing or two with your significant other. You can soak in your daily dose of vitamin D and inhale nature’s clean fresh air. This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to have a picnic!
Grab your picnic basket and a blanket to sit on, and head to a nearby park, beach or other scenic spot. If you know there are picnic tables where you are heading, you might want to bring a colorful table covering of some kind. Be sure to clear your schedule ahead of time so you are not rushed preparing the food or gathering what you need. You want to be fully present in the moment. (However, sometimes a spontaneous picnic is just what you need to de-stress and leave the world behind for a few hours.) It’s also a good idea to leave your phone behind or at least to silence your notifications because the purpose of a picnic is to enjoy a pleasant change of scenery without the typical distractions of daily life. Enjoy quality conversation with those around you. Maybe consider bringing a bluetooth speaker, a deck of cards or a frisbee as bonus outlets of entertainment. If it’s a large gathering, who doesn’t love a game or two of volleyball or tag football?
When it comes to choosing food for the picnic, many people automatically think cold fried chicken, hamburgers/hot dogs barbequed on a portable hibachi, a good potato salad, some chips and dip, and maybe a pie or cobbler for dessert. If you want to go in a healthier direction and need a little inspiration, here is a list of some of our favorite picnic foods:
Sandwiches/wraps of any kind!
Hummus (w/ Pita chips or vegetables to dip)
Salad of your choice
Fruit platter, especially watermelon if in season
Wine or other beverages
Brownies/cookies (dessert of your choice)
Whatever menu you choose, allow some time to prep your food and snacks beforehand and be creative!