7 Healthy Must-Haves for a Perfect 4th of July Picnic

by | Updated: December 4th, 2016 | Read time: 3 minutes

Do your 4th of July plans involve good friends, the great outdoors and a well-stocked picnic basket? We’re here to help ensure your celebration goes off without a hitch. From proper skin care to a star-spangled dessert recipe, here’s everything you need to plan and pack the perfect 4th of July picnic.

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Terra Red White & Blues Real Vegetable Chips

No picnic is complete without a little crunch. And these online-exclusive veggie chips not only reflect our nation’s signature shades of red, white and blue, they provide a medley of vibrant flavors that you’ll continue to crave long past the holiday. There may be fireworks, but these dramatic ruby-dipped sweet potato, intense Yukon gold and slightly nutty blue potato chips will definitely steal the show!


Caprese sandwiches

Sure, you can pack the usual PB&J or ham and Swiss on rye. But July 4th is a holiday, so why not take it up a notch? Pile juicy heirloom tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella slices and fresh basil leaves on a crusty whole wheat (or gluten-free) baguette. And instead of traditional olive oil, drizzle high-quality Vitacost Avocado Oil (it’s “cold-pressed from the finest Hass avocado fruit!”) on top and sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.

Pasta salad

Combine eight ounces of cooked pasta with one chopped tomato and one diced celery stalk. In a separate bowl, whisk together one-half cup Italian dressing and one-half cup sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free Primal Kitchen Mayo. Pour the tangy, creamy mixture over the pasta salad and toss to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste, and chill until you’re ready to ready to celebrate like it’s 1776.

Red, white and blueberry cookies

Cookies are the perfect portable picnic dessert. And we’re about to get a little patriotic.Substitute equal parts Vitacost Coconut Oil for butter in your favorite cookie recipe (sugar cookies make a great canvas!) and top with vanilla or cream cheese frosting. Sprinkle chopped strawberries and blueberries on top because they’re healthier than sprinkles and after all, it’s Independence Day!

Vitacost Clean Collection Party Pack

Free yourself from paper plates and plastic utensils this Independence Day. Made from sustainably sourced cornstarch and sugarcane, this eco-friendly picnic pack is “sturdy enough to handle any food hot or cold.” The BPA-free, compostable plates, cups and silverware are the next best thing to actual dishes (and who wants to lug those on a picnic?)! The set, which serves 12, includes 16-ounce cornstarch cups; 10-inch sugarcane fiber plates; cornstarch knives, forks and spoons and premium sugarcane napkins—and the container even doubles as a serving bowl!

Kiss My Face Sun Spray Lotion

Your 4th of July should be spent having fun—not worrying about potential damage from the sun. Apply this fragrance-free sunscreen 15 minutes before you head outside and let the “effective combination of broad spectrum protection, moisture-rich Hydresia® oleosomes made from safflower oil and Antioxidant defenders™” take care of the rest. Just kick back, relax and focus on what’s really important—celebrating our country’s freedom with friends and family!

Badger Anti-Bug Balm

Nothing can put a crimp in the best-laid picnic plans quite like a swarm of party-crashing insects. Let these bothersome bugs know they aren’t on your July 4th guest list with organic citronella and rosemary repellant by Badger. It’s tough on mosquitoes, but gentle on skin. Simply apply the balm to exposed areas and party like our forefathers did!


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