Tt’s national picnic month so it’s the perfect time to enjoy delicious meals al fresco with friends and family. I have everything you need to pack the perfect picnic to stay nourished and hydrated in the great outdoors.
First, stay hydrated.
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Pinwheel sandwiches are compact, mess-free, and can be customized with your choice of fillings and spreads.
Consumer research shows that more than half of shoppers are looking for foods with less sugar and more than a third look for fewer carbohydrates on nutrition labels. I love using the new Mission Zero Net Carbs tortillas? the base because they taste just like your regular tortillas, but are high in fiber, low in calories and keto-certified with zero net carbs and sugar. They are available nationwide at Walmart in two delicious flavors: Original — the flavor Mission customers know and love, and Sundried Tomato Basil which is packed with zesty sundried tomatoes and fresh basil flavors. And my number nutritious fillings for pinwheel sandwiches is hummus. Fresh Craving’s line of hummus is so creamy and delicious and is made with a short list of high-quality whole food ingredients that enhance flavor including Chilean Extra Virgin Olive Oil, chickpeas and savory tahini. You can find it in a range of flavors in including classic and roasted red pepper the deli section at Publix along with their organic refrigerated salsa which is found chilled in the produce section. Make a veggie wraps with a Sundried Tomato Basil tortilla, classic hummus, spinach, sliced bell pepper. For Italian style, start with an original tortilla and top with roasted red pepper hummus, lettuce, cheese, salmi and banana peppers. And for Mediterranean, start with a Sundried Tomato Basil tortilla and top with classic hummus, sundried tomato cucumber, and feta.
For the perfect picnic snack, try a snack tackle box aka a snackle box.
A snackle box encourages food variety, portion control and fresh whole foods. Build a healthy snackle box with fruit like blackberries, raspberries, blueberries nd strawberries, vegetables like sugar snap peas, carrots cherry tomatoes and cucumber, whole grains like crackers or popcorn, dairy options like cheese and plant protein like almonds and almond butter. This travels well, is mess free and there is something for everyone to enjoy.