06 September 2016

Your Guide to An Eco-Friendly Picnic + Recipe

Picnics are something that Alex & I love and have been doing since we started dating. There is something pretty amazing about eating outside under a big, blue sky while enjoying nature. Sadly, in Florida it's far too hot to really do anything outside the majority of the year. But now that the heat is starting to subside, I thought it would be fun to share a guide for an awesome, eco-friendly picnic. As well as some tasty food ideas and a fancy recipe!

Once you have your picnic basket ready, here's what to fill it with:

  • Cloth Napkins - Nothing says wasteful quite like a stack of paper napkins
  • Actual Silverware - Forget the plastic stuff and add some class to your picnic 
  • Glass Food Containers - Yes, it makes the basket a little heavy, but I have Alex to tote it around for me. However, if you're looking for a lighter weight eco-friendly version head over here.
  • A Glass Jug - Decide on one drink to share and pour it into a giant glass jug. Bonus points: share the jug and don't bring along glasses.
  • Glass Jars - Instead of plastic cups, you can use Ball Jars to drink from.
  • A Blanket - Find an old blanket that you don't mind if gets dirty.

  • Now for some food ideas & a killer recipe:
    Alex & I like packing things we can pick up with our hands. This way utensils are completely out of the equation. Try rolled up slices of salami, cheese cubes, olives, potato chips, and fruit. If you're looking for a wow-factor, try the following recipe:

    Bacon, Fig & Arugula Sandwich
    1 sourdough baguette
    sliced figs
    bacon strips
    crumbled goat cheese
    2 cups arugula
    whole grain mustard

    Cook the bacon. Cut the baguette. Slice the figs. Spread the mustard on the bread. Put the arugula on the bottom of the bread. Then place in the bacon, then the figs. Sprinkle the goat cheese. Eat & enjoy!

    I hope this guide will help you in planning your next eco-friendly picnic. Also, let me know if you try that awesome sandwich.
    What types of food do you typically bring on picnics?


    1. Oh, to be young again! We're just too old to enjoy sitting on the ground (would take a forklift to get us up) and enjoy a restaurant meal so much more. There was a time, however, and your ideas for what to pack are wonderful. Finger food is definitely a great choice.

      1. Haha. Alright people, don't forget to bring a forklift with you on your next picnic. ;)