5 Things to bring to a Picnic
Summer is well and truly here so it's time to sit back, relax and unwind.
And there is nothing like having a day in the lovely sunshine with friends and family. It’s a great way to tune out and chill.
At this time of the year, no outdoor trip is complete without a picnic basket full of delicious dishes.
It's the season to pack a hamper and move your meals out into the open to make the most of your get-togethers.
Whether you're venturing into the woods, spending the day at the beach, enjoying some outdoor cinema, or simply relaxing in the park, you want to pack some tasty and delicious treats to nourish, satisfy and impress your family and friends because… alfresco dining doesn’t have to mean soggy sandwiches or pre-packaged processed snacks.
A healthy picnic can be easily prepared with a little bit of planning. By filling your basket with home-cooked meals and fantastic snacks, you will make eating them in the open air an even more enjoyable experience for everyone.
So, use a bit of creative thinking and pack your hamper full to the brim with your Honestly Healthy favourites... wherever your day might take you!
- Summer Green Gazpacho
Whip us this tasty gazpacho and serve it chilled for a cool and tangy start to your picnic lunch.
Made from refreshing cucumber and lemon juice, it is finished off with the creamy avocado and fragrant basil.
Cucumbers and lemon are not only incredibly hydrating and refreshing but are also alkaline so they are great at fighting inflammation.
Combined with the beneficial (good) fat of the avocado, this green shot of cool goodness makes the perfect summer starter.
- Beetroot, Chia and Coconut Crusted Tart
Wow your fellow picnickers with this show-stopping tart!
Easy to make and incredibly delicious, it is a fantastic way of packing your picnic full of health-boosting nutrients. The chia seeds in the pastry contain an abundance of dietary fibre, which will keep you feeling fuller for longer along with helping your body to digest your food efficiently.
The beetroot filling is not only gorgeously earthy and sweet but also contains a unique variety of nutrients. The wondrous benefits range from lower blood pressure to healthy skin and hair, so it's an absolute must for summer tarts and salads.
- Roast Tomato and Orange Balsamic Dressing
Layer yourself your favourite salad ingredients and be sure to include vibrant greens, juicy tomatoes, cool cucumber and thinly sliced onions, then top with this gorgeous summery fruit dressing.
Blend the ingredients, then pour into a small glass jar and screw on the lid. Take along with your prepared salad and then combine before eating to keep the salad ingredients crisp and flavoursome.
The tomatoes in this unusual fruity dressing provide an abundance of antioxidants including lycopene (which gives tomatoes their bright red colour), and vitamin C (in which oranges are rich), all of which help to protect your body from the effects of free radicals.
- Vitality Beetroot and Nectarine Juice
Feel refreshed and revitalised with this powerhouse of a juice that will both nourish your body and quench your thirst.
Described as one of the world's healthiest foods and containing numerous anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds, ginger packs a real punch when it comes to both flavour and health benefits.
Teamed with beetroot and nectarine, this juice provides energy and taste in abundance, leaving you to enjoy the rest of the day's activities with a spring in your step!
So don’t forget to add this delicious this to your hamper! Get some big glass bottles and fill them right up!
- Rose and Pistachio Raw Chocolate
Every picnic needs a treat and Honestly Healthy picnics are no exception. After all, a picnic would not be a picnic if it didn’t have something sweet.
Eating healthily doesn’t mean you have to completely deny yourself of the tastes you love.
Made from simple raw ingredients, this rich and decadent chocolate allows you to enjoy all the sweetness and flavour of regular chocolate but with the welcomed addition of antioxidants, many vitamins and minerals and essential healthy fats.
Be sure to keep it in a cool bag with an ice pack on a warm sunny day to ensure it doesn’t melt!
By Annie Yates, natural beauty and holistic therapist and
author of the health and beauty blog Wild Heart Native Soul