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Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was fantastic! Here in North AL the weather has been so nice and pleasant. My husband and I enjoyed a nice evening walk on Sunday, and honestly I could do this every day if it wasn’t for the high humidity in the summer. I am looking forward to more pleasant summer days like those we’ve had the past few days.
This inspired me to share with you some picnic packing tips and a quick & easy recipe for refreshing fruit-infused water.
The best way to take advantage of the beautiful summer days, is to spend more time outside – whether that’s a hike, a beach trip or just a family cookout. And of course, don’t forget about the food. There is just something special about eating outdoors, on a blanket, surrounded by the beautiful nature, that makes food taste slightly more delicious.
Whether you’ll be making your way to the beach soon, or planning what to pack for a picnic after a hiking trip, or just want to enjoy a picnic in the park with friends, keep these necessary items in mind for the perfect picnic.
10 Tips To Pack The Perfect Picnic
1. Food – Here you have a lot of options. You can bring:
- Salads in jars/glass containers – tomato cucumber salad, gluten-free pasta salad, potato salad, broccoli salad, etc.
- Chicken tenders, chicken drumsticks
- Finger food
2. Nuts & Snacks – Nuts and snack bars are always a must-have for any picnic I pack. They are very easy to transport and always good to have on hand for a light afternoon snack for kids or when playing card/board games with friends. Some of my favorite nuts are roasted almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, homemade trail mix.
3. Beverages – Always pack bottles of water. But if you want to be the star of the show, pack some IZZE Sparkling Waters. Recently, I had the chance to try the 3 brand new flavors of Mandarin Lime, Blackberry Pear, and Raspberry Watermelon. Each and every one was so refreshing and perfect to quench your thirst on a warm summer day. The Raspberry Watermelon really stood out to me. IZZE sparkling water truly sparkles with flavor: IZZE starts by triple-filtering mountain spring water, eliminating any impurities for the cleanest, freshest sparkling taste. They then add organic fruit flavors, so each sip is simply delicious and flavorfully bright. IZZE Sparkling Water is USDA Organic Certified – made with organic natural flavors and organic cane sugar.
4. Fruit – Some of my favorite fruits to bring to a picnic are: bananas, strawberries, peaches, grapes, cherries. Bring any fruit you have a taste for.
5. Tableware – Of course, you will need paper plates, disposable cups, plastic utensils, a small cutting knife, napkins, and bottle opener.
6. Clean up – Don’t forget to get some paper towels & trash bags for clean up. Don’t leave a mess behind. Dispose of everything you bring to the picnic site.
7. Blanket – Be sure you have something to sit on. It should be large enough to comfortably hold all your picnic-gear & food.
8. Ice – Keep everything cold with a refreezable ice packs, or add some ice cubes to resealable zip lock bags.
9. Games – Besides chit chatting with friends and family, it’s fun to have some card or board games to play. One of our favorite games that is easily transportable is Bang.
10. Take your time and enjoy the beautiful warm weather – Enjoy summer and the time spent with your family & friends. Make memories, take pictures, laugh and just enjoy the beautiful day.
I used the Raspberry Watermelon IZZE Sparkling Water to create this colorful & tasty fruit infused water. It’s a great way to stay hydrated during the hot summer days. This lovely libation is so bright and refreshing on a hot summer day. To fully fuse the flavors, stir the ingredients in a pitcher and let them sit for up to a day before drinking.
Fruit Infused Sparkling Water
- 4 Raspberry Watermelon IZZE Sparkling Water bottles
- Strawberries, sliced
- Peaches, sliced
- Mint leaves, optional
- Pour IZZE sparkling water in a large pitcher
- Add strawberries, peaches & mint leaves
- Add ice and stir
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