It's Eat Outside Day!

It\'s Eat Outside Day!

What better way is there to celebrate the last bit of summer before the kids head back to school than with a healthy, green picnic?

Today, August 31, is Eat Outside Day! And what better way is there to celebrate the last bit of summer before the kids head back to school than with a healthy, green picnic? Whether it’s lunch, afternoon snack, or dinner, head outside and bon appétit!

Tips to make your picnic greener:

  • Say no disposables! Instead, bring along sturdy reusable plates and cutlery. Many cooking stores sell entire picnic sets, from baskets to plates and everything in between.
  • If you’re set on disposables, check out your local health food store; they often carry greener alternatives to plastics, such as plates and cutlery made from sustainable fibres.
  • Swap out paper napkins for pretty cloth versions (even small dishcloths will do the trick).
  • Follow the golden rule of spending time in nature: take nothing but photographs; leave nothing but footprints. In other words, don’t be a litterbug, and respect the natural environment!

Fun activities:

  • Get the whole gang involved in a picnic sport, or bring along a kite or Frisbee.
  • Introduce the kids to the plants and animals in the area. Bring along a plant and flower identification book and see how many you can name, and bring a pair of binoculars and see how many birds you can spot.

alive picnic-worthy menu:

  • Wonderful Watermelon Juice
  • Layered Indian Summer Salad
  • Mixed Bean Salad 
  • Polenta Pizza Squares
  • Crisp Peanut Butter Cookies

Related Stories


Caught in the Middle

Caught in the MiddleHelp for the Sandwich Generation- Twenty million American adults are caring for aging parents at the same time they\'re raising young children. Known as the Sandwich Generation, the

The Importance of Senior Fitness

The Importance of Senior Fitness- According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), exercise and physical activity are some of the best things older adults can do to stay healthy. Even moderate ex

Grandparent Getaways

Grandparent GetawaysTrips to take with your grandchildren- \"No parents allowed.\" It\'s not a sign on a kid-only clubhouse, it\'s the first rule of travel for memory-making grandparent/grandchild vacatio

Comfortably Aging in Place

Comfortably Aging in PlaceHaving lived in the same ranch house for 55 years, John Heck’s grandparents wanted to make any and all necessary accommodations to allow them to peacefully age in place. Usin

Aging with Vitality, Grace and Confidence

Aging with Vitality, Grace and ConfidenceIt’s one of the great ironies of life: Your reward for surviving the tumultuous teen years, establishing a career and nurturing a family culminates in dry skin

3 Ways Seniors Can Control Prescription Costs

3 Ways Seniors Can Control Prescription CostsFor 55 million Americans enrolled in Medicare, the New Year means any new Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plans, or any changes to your existing pl

Popular Categories