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7 Tips for a Healthy Green Picnic

4. Dont Get Burnt (naturally):

Many people are concerned that popular sunscreens have additives which when absorbed through the skin, have long term health consequences.

I dont use creams often myself. Native cultures who deal with a LOT of sun like in the desert are not silly enough to run around in muscle shirts and bikinis. I follow their example and wear a hat or long sleeves. Im interested, though, in what sunscreens YOU have found that work and are natural.

5. Green Clean Up!

Acting green means thinking about everyone long term, not just yourself. Take your rubbish home or throw it in covered garbage and recycle bins to prevent attracting yellow jackets, rodents, or other wildlife. Keep our nature beautiful.

If you used a grill to grill your vegetables then clean it before you leave and place trash in a covered bin so the animals and bugs dont get in.

6. Have a Backup Plan:

Some parks have covered buildings with picnic tables. We have sometimes had to picnic from an open-door car. If the worst happens, a picnic indoors is still fun.

7. Keep it simple and casual:

You dont need much for a great picnic. A basket, a blanket and a loaf of bread is traditional. Sometimes I just throw a few snacky things into a bag and go for a walk and picnic when the time comes. Picnics need to stay in the laid-back category.

Pretend you are French. They know how to have fun! The word picnic comes from the French word piquenique. Originally at these piqueniques, everyone would bring food to the event in a way similar to what we call potlucks today and they were indoors. After the French Revolution, royal parks were opened to the public and “picnicking,” a popular activity.

My Own Experiences of Picnics:

I remember my father coming home from work and singing Were going on a picnic, picnic picnic..were going on a picnic! At that point we would start getting ready to go; within half an hour we were all piled into the back of our pickup truck and off we went to a secluded wild spot near Edmonton where there were no other people, just our family. We would gather twigs and wood; our father would build a fire. After it was going; potatoes and onions were put straight into the fire without foil as we did not use it in those days. Yes, they came out black so we would cut into them and eat what was in the middle with butter and it was so yummy.

Have you been on any picnics lately? What do you put in your picnic basket?

Co-authored with Randy Fritz who made this post more fun.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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9:02AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Excellent tips & article.

2:11PM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

Great tips. Thanks.

9:10PM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

You're right... simpler is better! A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, (and a frisbee), and thou beside me, right?

12:55PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Great tips.

4:29PM PST on Nov 10, 2011


12:28PM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

Learned lots of new things with this article, thanks! And I do love a good picnic!

12:46AM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

There's nothing better than the social aspect of sharing salads with others. I often try something different that I wouldn't prepare unless it was for a special occasion.

12:41PM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

Great reminder of what we know but sometimes forget.
Yes washing hard skin fruits and veg is something I did not know...thank you!

1:37PM PDT on Aug 11, 2011


1:13PM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

Thanks for the refreshing article. Great Tips. I'm Ready for a PICNIC Now!!!!

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