Summer is here, so it’s time to get outside and treat yourself to a picnic for one!
Whether you’re escaping the office for a bit of sunshine during your lunch break, or carving out weekend time to recharge, try a solo picnic. It’s a relaxing way to eat well, clear your mind and take advantage of summer. We have tips for what to pack, how to pack it, and of course, we have your dessert covered!
Keep Your Picnic Gear Simple
We love the iconic basket, but save that cumbersome basket for the more extravagant picnics with friends. Instead, try a simple canvas tote for your picnic for one. It’s easy to carry, and if you’re taking a work break, you can slip out of the office without drawing attention to yourself.
Remember to Stay Hydrated.
Drink water. Drink water. Drink water.
It’s one of the healthiest habits we can adopt, but it can also be a really wasteful habit. Skip the plastic bottles, and invest in a something you’ll carry with you daily as a constant reminder to stay hydrated. Right now, we’re loving this water bottle from Me to We. Every water bottle purchased gives clean water to a child in a WE Village, providing access to safe sources of clean water to help them stay healthy and avoid waterborne illnesses. Each water bottle comes with a tracking number, so you can track the impact of your purchase and feel better about your healthy habits. (Plus, check out Sarah’s post on Ethical Eating & Reducing Waste for more tips on this front!)
It should go without saying, but … Don’t Forget Dessert!
Healthyish cakes are perfectly portioned for one, so they’re perfectly portioned for a picnic for one. Bake your cake ahead of time, but pack frosting and topping options to be sure your frosting will be sticking to your cake and not your container.
A picnic for one is a treat-yourself moment, so ignore texts, emails and twitter feeds. Buy that fashion magazine you’ve been eying, and page through it lazily. Bring your journal, and take time to write your goals, your funny stories or those gratitude lists you intended to write each night before bed. This journal is another favorite from Me to We.
Keep it Light.
Light, chilled foods are the way to go like grilled salmon and Asian noodles. Cooking a larger meal over the weekend makes for easier lunch and picnic planning. Treat yourself to a refreshing sparkling beverage like Belvoir Fruit Farms’ Cucumber Mint Pressé. It will feel like you’re sipping a cocktail at lunch without the sleepiness that can follow.
And lastly, indulge and enjoy!
Quelcy is a Pittsburgh based food stylist, photographer, dessert advocate and crazy dog lady. She shares seasonally inspired recipes rooted in nostalgia on her blog, WithTheGrains.com. Her favorite Healthish combo is tangy lemon cake with a dollop of dark chocolate frosting.