With the welcome warmer temperatures kicking in, it’s a great time to take in the outdoors and enjoy the weather. Whether you are traveling across country or taking a day trip, you have plenty of opportunities for maintaining your green lifestyle. One easy way is to skip the fast food takeout and pack a picnic instead.
Packing Your Picnic
Cold foods such as sandwiches are a greener choice than a burger and fries because there is less energy involved in producing the final product. You can also make it a healthier option by piling on the fresh veggies, bought from local farmers, of course. You can store the fixings in a bento-style lunchbox to keep your sandwich from getting soggy.
Using reusable ice packs will keep foods at a safe temperature, while reducing your water usage to freeze ice cubes. They are cleaner and won’t make a mess. Simply wrap them in a kitchen towel to reduce condensation in your cooler.
Utensils and Plates
This is one area where you need to turn away from convenience for the best green option. The recycling rate on plastic utensils and paper plates is negligible. You probably shouldn’t attempt to recycle paper plates anyway because they can contaminate the paper slurry used to make new products. Opting for reusable plates and utensils is an eco-friendly solution that will not contribute to landfill waste.
To round out your picnic, add some fresh fruits for dessert. It’s a healthier choice than baked goods that are loaded with sugar and fat. A study by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine found that adding more fruits and veggies to your diet along with increased activity can reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases. It can also increase your life expectancy.
You can add to the green factor by choosing organic and local produce rather than imported products. Your foods will be fresher and tastier with the added time they can spend in the field before picking and bringing to market.
Wrapping Up Your Day
After your picnic, you can stroll around the park for a bit of sightseeing instead of driving around. You’ll use less gasoline, while giving your body a pleasant break from stress. Your healthy and earth-friendly adventure begins with a picnic and plenty of fresh foods.