When summer finally comes, eating out gets a whole new meaning. Restaurant reservations are often swapped for road trips, while cramped booths make way for adorable picnic blankets laden with summer delights. But creating the perfect picnic is nothing short of an art, even more so if you are a vegan. With this in mind, here are several handy tips that can help you organize your movable feast making it a surefire success.
The Right Food:
When it comes to picnic foods, the trick to scoring high marks is knowing how to pack and assemble them. Is there a salad that needs dressing? Dress it when you reach your destination. If you’re making sandwiches, make sure you provide sliced bread, spreads and fillings separately, letting people make their own creations as they please, as in this way everyone will be escape a soggy sandwich fate. Certain foods, such as pasta salads or creamy filled dishes, are best stashed in a cooler pack.
In case you lack inspiration for your meals, you can always check some of the great vegan meal resources to find tons of exquisite, creative vegan recipes that can result in a genuine mealtime magic. These websites go much further from simply offering food preparation advice, helping you make your tasty bites much more visually appealing. In case you are not capable or willing to produce your own meals, you can go with ready-made solutions. For instance, you can a gorgeous fruit basket can certainly add spark to your picnic.
Naturally, you will also need some refreshments for your special outdoor event, as there is nothing like sipping something tasty through a straw in summertime. When we talk about vegan sips that are simply perfect for your picnic, we should distinguish between alcoholic and wholesome non-alcoholic drinks. With regard to the former, you can go for a spicy Vodka Lemonade, Pomegranate Daiquiri or, say, Orange Ginger Margarita, while the latter can include Raw Cookie Dough Milkshake, Lavender Key Limeade or Raw Food Virgin Bloody Mary. Pretty awesome, you have to admit.
You've got your food, drinks and friends, but you’ll also need several additional items to make your event the best ever. Here are few great eco-friendly, cruelty-free options you can stash in your basket. As we all know that summer brings bug bites and sunburns, you’ll need a natural bug repellent and a natural sunblock to protect you from excessive sun while getting your Vitamin D. Provided that you don’t want to sit on grass, you’ll also need a lovely picnic throw, so I suggest a cheery, colorful co-friendly blanket. In case the picnic site of your choice doesn't have a trash disposal, make sure to bring your own. You also don’t want to forget a bottle opener or corkscrew for your bottled refreshments. And if you need additional entertainment, you can bring self-powered, portable speakers to amplify your smart phone’s music creating a perfect setting for an impromptu outdoor dance party.