5 Tips for a Healthier Summer Picnic
By Brandi Goodman
National Picnic Month arrives in July. Spend your weekends taking a picnic to the park and enjoy the fresh air while you eat. Skip the basic sandwiches and pasta salads, though. With a few tips in mind, you can create a healthier summer picnic that's even more worthwhile.
Make the Meal Yourself
Picking up some ready-made foods from the store is fine for an impromptu picnic, but you should really be making the meal yourself for the healthiest possibilities. Doing so allows you to create a nutritious entree and sides that can fill up the whole family and keep you all energized. A homemade hummus dip for whole wheat crackers is one possibility.
Bring Bottled Water
Skip the juice boxes and other sugary options when it comes to drink time. Bottled water is all you need to bring. If you're having a hard time encouraging kids to drink water, then at least opt for some sugar-free single flavoring packs. All you have to do is pour in the powder and give the bottle a shake to create a tasty drink your kids will like. A better option is to make infused water at home with fruits and bottle it for a flavored beverage.
Make Dessert a Single Serving
You can bring a dessert or snack along for after the meal. Just be sure you only provide a single serving for each person. Having a bunch of extra along makes it easy for people to take seconds. A single serving of something tasty is all it takes to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Add in Exercise
Don't just drive to your location and set up a blanket to eat. You should add in exercise to really make your summer picnic a healthy affair. Take a family bike ride to your destination instead or bring along some interactive games to play. A game of catch or tossing the Frisbee around can be easy exercise for any ages.
Picnics are enjoyed outside. This means you'll be exposing your family to the sun. It's healthier for your skin if you pack sunscreen and make sure the whole family wears it. It helps to protect against harmful rays and can help you avoid getting burned.
Create a healthier picnic for your family with these tips in mind. Summer should be filled with nutritious foods that keep your body fueled for activity. You'll be able to do more when you're staying healthy and well.
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