5 Ways a Summer Picnic Supports Your Health + What to Pack

by | Updated: December 2nd, 2016 | Read time: 2 minutes

The weather is warm, sunny and beautiful (well, in most places!) — so why are you still hanging out inside? It’s time to pack up your favorite foods, grab your friends and family and head to the nearest park for a classic summer picnic!

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Picnicking is fun – but it may offer more than just an opportunity to dust off that blanket and wicker basket. Here are some of the health-supporting benefits of having a picnic:

  • Nourishment: Eating outdoors is a nourishing experience on many different levels – it offers the opportunity to slow down, be mindful and truly enjoy what you’re eating
  • Happiness: Dining ‘al fresco’ amongst beautiful scenery is a great way to boost your mood
  • Natural connections: Leave the electronics at home – doing so allows you to connect with nature and your surroundings
  • Revival: Breathing in the fresh air helps revive your body and bring clarity to your mind
  • Relationships: Nothing beats quality time spent reconnecting with friends, family or your significant other

Wondering what to eat at this picnic? So glad you asked! Packing a few salads with a simple dessert will fill you up — and give you plenty of energy to play Frisbee afterward!

Here are a few of my favorite healthy picnic foods:

Don’t forget the plates and utensils, preferably eco-friendly choices like this paper- and plastic-free party pack. Throw in some recycled paper towels to wipe hands and keep nature clean. Happy picnicking!