Did you know that picnics originated in medieval England? They were once elaborate outdoor feasts that were enjoyed by the wealthiest members of society (Dine & Cook). According to the Oxford English Dictionary, these early picnics were “a fashionable social entertainment in which each person present contributed a share of the provisions.”
Today, picnics are more about spending time outdoors. Picnics offer an opportunity to step away from our busy lifestyles to spend much-needed quality time with Mother Nature. So when it comes to food for picnics, the less elaborate the production, the better. But while pre-packaged mini meals offer convenience, they don’t offer much else. Most quick-fix lunches are filled with sugar and over-processed ingredients that lack real flavor and nutrition.
Fortunately, there’s a healthier solution that is also convenient – Hickory Farms’ GoPicnic Meal. This ready-to-eat meal contains all of the Hickory Farms favorites, so it’s not only well-balanced and satisfying but full of flavor, too. Our Original Beef Sausage Snack, White Cheddar Cheese Spread, and Sesame, Caraway & Sea Salt Crackers are great for making mini sandwiches. To achieve the perfect salty and sweet combo, our ready-to-eat meal also includes our delicious Dried Fruit Medley and Cinnamon Roasted Almonds!
All you need are some beverages, and you’re all set for a healthy and delicious picnic lunch. Busy families also love our GoPicnic Meals which make life on-the-go much easier. They make a wonderful packed lunch for school or work.
In addition to providing you with some of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients your body needs, eating a healthier lunch offers some of the following benefits:
- Aids in preventing issues like heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and obesity
- Provides you with more energy and the ability to better focus on your work
- Strengthens your immune system
What are your favorite healthy food items to pack in a picnic lunch? Leave a comment to share with us!