With the weather getting warmer and the spring rains behind us, it’s a great time to head outdoors. Rather than eating in the confines of your home, why not enjoy a meal outside for National Picnic Month? Put your favorite foods in the cooler, toss a blanket in the trunk of the car, and head out for a fine meal against the backdrop of sunny scenery. Throw a ball and a Frisbee into the mix for added fun.

July is National Picnic Month

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You can dine on a standard meal of cold cuts or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or mix it up with these healthy variations:

  • Ultimate veggie sandwich – Start with some whole grain bread topped with a thin spread of low-fat mayo or cream cheese. Top it with sliced cucumbers, peppers, avocadoes, tomatoes, and sprouts.
  • Vegetarian Muffuletta – This sandwich includes a mixed olive relish with layers of eggplant, artichokes, peppers, and Swiss chard. Add slices of smoked provolone for a rich finish.
  • Chicken and vegetable pinwheels – Bite-size pinwheels are easy to eat, store, and share. Layer a tortilla with cream cheese, red and yellow bell pepper slices, purple cabbage, baby spinach, shredded cooked chicken and a sprinkle of dry ranch powder. Roll up the tortillas, cut them into 10-inch slices and stack the slices in a plastic container.

Summer is a great time to eat well. If you feel your body dragging, it may be time for an herbal detox. Removing accumulated toxins will restore your body to top health and allow you to feel your best as we head into the warm months. Taking herbal detox and other liquid detox drinks can help free up body organs that are bogged down by harmful substances from processed food and pollution.