Plan a Memorial Day Picnic





Warm weather is finally here! Time for flip-flops, swimming, and of course backyard barbecues. January is usually the time to make new resolutions but what better way to kick off summer than with a goal of healthy eating and a picnic with family and friends. Here are some tips for a memorable Memorial Day picnic:
Buy Local
Support your favorite local businesses by shopping at a nearby farmer’s market. You’ll know where your food is coming from, support local farmers, get in-season Maryland produce, and you may find a new favorite food.


Ripe for the Picking
After months of planting, watering, and waiting fresh produce has finally arrived.  Choose berries and leafy greens that ripen in the month of May.  Strawberries, spinach and lettuce are in-season now.  Try picking your own produce at a local farm near you!

Eat a Rainbow
Select foods of different colors.  Create a plate filled with blue, green, red, yellow, and orange foods. Also, fruits and vegetables of different colors have different nutrients that benefit our bodies.
Grill & Chill
Not only is it important to choose what we eat, but also how we cook our food. Grilling is a smart cooking option because food is not soaking in fat or being deep-fried in grease. Grilling also adds a wonderful smoky flavor.


Get Moving
Play games like volleyball, tag, and capture-the-flag to get your blood pumping. Too hot outside? Cool off with a dip in the pool or play water games like water bottle squirt tag or toss water balloons.
Grab Some Friends
Having family and friends with you to enjoy your picnic will make lasting memories.

 
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