One of the easiest ways to stay healthy whilst enjoying a picnic is to visit a supermarket and check out their salad and ready made aisles. There are plenty of choices you can make that will leave you feeling good in the sun. Nearly all supermarkets will have tapas-type foods to choose from and these for the most part will be great to take with you. Things like peppers, sun-blushed tomatoes, olives, falafel, vine leaves and hummus are just some delicious options that can be shared around the group. These could be coupled with things like vegetable sticks (carrot, cucumber, celery, pepper), rice cakes, crackers, crisps or bread products if you enjoy eating them (pitta bread, bread sticks). Then you could pick up a selection of cold pastas, couscous and salads that’ll be a bit more filling and satisfying. Finish this off with some fresh fruits like strawberries, pineapple, banana and watermelon which would go well with some yoghurt or whatever you like, and you have yourself a perfect summer’s day buffet in the great outdoors. Easy snacks like nuts and seeds will be perfect for anyone with the munchies later in the day and should keep well all day if out of the sun.
One key thing people overlook when spending the day in the sun is staying hydrated. You need to make sure you take plenty of water with you too so you don’t get dehydrated or suffer as a result of being out all day. Alcohol and fizzy drinks don’t count!
If you’re really committed you can make your own food at home and take it with you. Making up a big batch of pasta, couscous, salad, coleslaw or potato salad (with something other than an entire jar of mayonnaise, like plain yoghurt) will be a much cheaper way to feed everyone, and you could buy some extras to go around too in case people are still hungry. You could even bake your own healthy versions of things like brownies, cookies, or a big cake that everyone can tuck in to when that inevitable sweet craving kicks in.