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Where to Picnic This Summer

This year, take full advantage of the nice weather to enjoy meals outside! Here are four picnic ideas… and four ways to pack your picnic basket!

Chewy Cranberry-Nut Energy Bars

1Forest Picnic

Going hiking or mountain biking? Pack high-energy foods in lightweight containers that take up a minimum of space. Avoid rich foods that can interfere with digestion.

The Perfect Picnic Basket:

  • Crab-stuffed mini pitas
  • Unsalted nut mix
  • Water bottles
  • Healthy muffins
  • Energy bars
  • Fresh or dried fruit
  • Frozen yogurt tubes

A Great Tip: Make ready-to-eat salads in plastic cups with re-sealable lids. Instead of a straw, just insert a disposable fork for a nutritious and delicious snack.

See the recipe for Chewy Cranberry-Nut Energy Bars

Strawberry Lemonade

2Beach Picnic

Whether you’re eating by the ocean or beside a lake, a picnic is the perfect way to ensure you have plenty of time to swim and make the most out of a beautiful summer day.

The Perfect Picnic Basket:

  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Tortilla chips and salsa
  • Veggies
  • Grapes
  • Berries
  • Baba ganoush
  • Biscotti
  • Strawberry lemonade

A Great Tip: Instead of serving hard cheeses, which will turn oily in the heat, bring along Brie or Camembert that will melt to the perfect texture. Remember to avoid adding mayonnaise to sandwiches and salads.

See the recipe for Strawberry Lemonade

Expert Tip

Bring along a container for any leftovers and a bag for garbage. Even better, aim for a garbage-free picnic by packing reusable dishes, a thermos, and re-sealable containers!

Crispy Kale Chips

3Living Room Picnic

It’s raining. The kids are climbing the walls. What better way to cut the boredom than with a makeshift picnic in the living room? Bring the sunshine indoors!

The Perfect Picnic Basket:

  • Rolled ham and cheese sandwiches
  • Fruit brochettes
  • Kale and apple chips
  • Fruit cocktails served with little umbrellas

A Great Tip: Shine a little light on a grey day by ending your indoor picnic with marshmallows and sausages on sticks—just like being outside! You can even put on some tropical tunes to really get in the spirit!

See the recipe for Crispy Kale Chips

Smoked Salmon Spread

4Lovers’ Picnic

What’s more romantic than stopping in a summer field for a bite? Bring along plenty of gourmet foods that tempt the senses.

The Perfect Picnic Basket:

  • Rice-stuffed vine leaves
  • Fine cheese
  • Crackers and biscotti
  • Berries
  • Smoked-salmon spread
  • Bubbly wine or flavoured water

A Great Tip: Put your picnic together the night before and keep it in the fridge, including bread, fresh fruit and muffins. By keeping items cold, they’ll stay chilled longer in the cooler.

See the recipe for Smoked Salmon Spread


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