There is nothing better than taking a lazy summer afternoon to enjoy awesome food, with your feet in the grass under the warmth of the sun with great company. Most common picnic meals include mayonnaise-laden salads, heavy foods and all sorts of waste left behind. It doesn’t need to be that way.

Following the principals I lay out in my book UnDiet, your picnics can be delicious, light and waste-free, ensuring that we feel vibrant and keep our planet happy for future generations of picnic-lovers!

Protein Packed Salad - Quinoa Tabbouleh

Protein Powered Salad – Quinoa Tabbouleh

Simple Summer Picnic Guidelines:

  • Easily portable
  • Enjoyed at room temperature
  • Easy and clean to eat
  • Hearty and filling
  • Protein, fat and fiber rich so you feel satiated

At a typical picnic, you’ll often find paper plates, plastic cutlery and disposable napkins! Rather than buying and bringing disposables for your picnic, aim to make your picnic basket waste-free.

Blue-Green Power Smoothie

Blue-Green Power Smoothie

Tips for Packing A Waste-Free Picnic:

  •  Large picnic basket and/or tote bags
  •  Sealable tempered glass containers
  • Mason jars for your drinks and smoothies
  • Glass straws that can be re-used over and over again
  • Bamboo cutlery over plastic, or even better, take your cutlery from home and throw it in the dishwasher after
  • Cloth napkins
  • Lightweight unbreakable reusable dishes or compostable options
Veggie Rice Wraps with Almond Dipping Sauce

Veggie Rice Wraps with Almond Dipping Sauce

Photos by Catherine Farquharson

Recipes Excerpted from Undiet: Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health. Copy­right © 2013 Meghan Telp­ner. Pub­lished by McClel­land & Stew­art, a divi­sion of Ran­dom House of Canada Lim­ited. Repro­duced by arrange­ment with the Pub­lisher. All rights reserved

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