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Basket to Blanket: The Joys of Picnic Season

The arrival of picnic season brings with it a world of adventure! It's that time of the year when we can revel in the beauty of nature, bask in the warmth of the sun, and indulge in delicious food with our loved ones. 

Whether you're seeking spontaneous moments or planning a memorable outdoor gathering, picnics are the perfect way to create lasting memories. Let's explore some fun ideas for impromptu picnics and those that require a little more planning.

Spur of the Moment Picnics:

Neighborhood Park Adventure:

Take advantage of your local neighborhood park or green space for a spontaneous picnic. Pack a blanket, some fresh fruits, sandwiches, and a thermos filled with your favorite beverage. just better.® fiber can be sprinkled into your drink, adding a boost of fiber to keep you feeling full and energized throughout your picnic activities! Don’t forget a soccer ball or your walking shoes! 

Sunset Shore Escape:

Head to the nearest beach or lake and catch the breathtaking hues of the setting sun while enjoying a romantic or relaxing picnic. Pre-cut veggies and dip or hummus, alongside some flavorful wraps or finger foods, make for a quick and easy beachside meal. Add just better.® fiber to your dips and sandwich spreads and make everything fiber-rich! 

Rooftop Retreat:

If you live in an apartment building with rooftop access, transform your rooftop into a cozy picnic spot. Spread a comfortable blanket and enjoy the panoramic city views as you savor a delightful meal. Don't forget to bring along some light snacks, like trail mix or fruit salad, infused with just better.® fiber for an added nutritional punch. 

Planned Picnic Adventures:

Scenic Hiking Picnic:

Combine the joy of hiking with a picturesque picnic. Research nearby hiking trails and choose one that suits your fitness level. Pack some sandwiches, fresh veggies, and fruits that can be enjoyed along the trail. just better.® fiber can be easily added to your hiking water bottle, providing you with a boost of dietary fiber as you conquer the trails with more sustained energy!

Picnic in the Vineyard or Flower Farm:

Plan a day trip to a local vineyard or flower farm and enjoy a picnic surrounded by lush green vineyards or flower meadows. Many wineries and local flower growers offer picnic areas. Pack a charcuterie board with a variety of cheeses, veggies, and whole-grain crackers, complemented by a bottle of your favorite wine. Sprinkle just better.® fiber into your wine to ensure you're reaching your daily fiber intake goals and prevent blood sugar spikes all while enjoying the scenic beauty. 

Garden Party Picnic:

For a sophisticated picnic experience, host a garden party in your backyard or at a local botanical garden. Set up picnic tables adorned with fresh flowers, and prepare an array of finger foods, sandwiches, and a colorful fruit platter. Guests can sprinkle just better.® fiber into their wine, iced tea, or lemonade, elevating the nutritional value without affecting the taste. Pinkies up! 

So now that you have some ideas for where to go —check out our favorite fiber-rich foods that are perfect for your picnic basket!

Pasta Salad: Make a refreshing pasta salad with cooked whole-grain pasta, your choice of vegetables like cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, olives, and a tangy dressing infused with just better.® fiber. It's a great side dish that can be enjoyed cold or at room temperature. Or skip the pasta altogether and give our Summer Zoodle Salad a try; check it out in our just better.® Recipe of the Week section! 

Quiches or Frittatas: Bake mini quiches or frittatas filled with your favorite ingredients such as spinach and feta, mushroom and cheese, or tomato and cheddar. These savory treats are easy to make and can be enjoyed cold or at room temperature. Mix in 3 to 4 tablespoons of just better.® fiber to keep you feeling fuller longer and enjoy more sustained energy! 

Mason Jar Salads: Layer your favorite salad ingredients in mason jars for a portable and colorful picnic option. Start with a DIY fiber-rich dressing by adding just better.® fiber to your favorite recipe. Add your dressing at the bottom of the jar, followed by hearty ingredients like beans or whole grains, then add veggies and top with sprouts and leafy greens. When ready to serve, just shake and enjoy!

Fruit Skewers: Prepare fruit skewers by threading a combination of fresh fruits like strawberries, pineapple chunks, grapes, and melon onto skewers. They are not only delicious but also beautiful and fun to eat! Make a creamy fruit dip, and don’t forget to add 3 or 4 tablespoons of just better.® fiber for a healthy fiber boost! Check out our 4 Ingredient Fruit Dip recipe here!

Picnic season provides us with endless opportunities to enjoy the beauty of nature, create cherished memories, and savor delicious and nutritious food. Whether you opt for impromptu adventures or carefully planned outings, we hope you get out there and enjoy the summer!

So, gather your loved ones, prepare your picnic baskets, and celebrate the joy of picnicking!  

Live… just better.®!