Good morning!

I know it stayed dark for a little longer this morning than you’re accustomed to, but HOW ABOUT daylight until well after 6pm last night?!?!? Woo-hoo! But today’s topic isn’t Daylight Savings, today’s topic is Food Sass™. And for those of you with hectic-feeling lives, I’m going to suggest a special kind of Food Sass™ this edition, instead of a recipe. Ready? Of course you are.

Home late? Busy day? Tired? Everyone is coming in and out…sports, meetings, appointments…so when to plan dinner? And what the heck are we eating anyways?!? Do not fear. There is a caped avenger standing next to you who has “Picnic, bayBEEEEEE” written on their fancy purple cape.

“Huh?”

One of our favorite family dinners requires no cooking, very little planning, minimal preparation, and is good now or an hour from now. It’s a Picnic at the Table. And it’s a Food Sass™ Picnic, so it is nutrient-dense (mostly!) and delicious and thumps it’s chest, giving a rebel yell against today’s Fake Food Culture. “How do ya like me NOW!?!” says the Food Sass™ Picnic.

Here’s the plan. You take amazing, yummy, fun foods and you simply put them out in the center of your table (family) or on your plate (single serving). Sit, chat, eat, and enjoy. If it’s a family situation, parents just sit back and let the kids choose what they like from the served selections and eat it. If Billy wants to eat just olives and cheese cubes, rock on with that. If Marcie is all about carrot sticks, hummus, and deviled eggs, rock on with that too. Since you are setting out health-building, nutrient-dense foods, there are no bad choices! And kids typically LOVE this setup, for many reasons.

Once you get started with this, you’ll be amazed at the creative ideas you come up with. You’ll get inspiration everywhere…magazines, parties, restaurants…pretty soon your “Picnic at the Table” dinner repertoire will be extensive and fun! Be sure to keep a running list somewhere of nutritious foods that are hits. Here are some fantabulous suggestions to get the wheels turning for you on choices.

Picnic at the Table Dinner Ideas

  • Olives
  • Carrot sticks
  • Cucumber slices
  • Celery sticks
  • Bell pepper slices
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cheese cubes or string cheese
  • Smoked salmon with Brie cheese
  • Applegate Farms organic turkey slices rolled up with herbed chevre inside
  • Applegate Farms organic ham slices rolled up with string cheese inside
  • Raw nuts (pecans, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, etc.)
  • Hard-boiled egg halves, can be deviled or just sprinkled with Celtic sea salt
  • Sliced apples with peanut butter for smearing
  • Hummus for dipping
  • Brown rice chips with chevre for scooping

Don’t get the dinner blues! Give yourself a break and have fun with it. You can work with what you already have available in the kitchen, or you can make a 15-minute stop at the market, knowing that there’s no cooking to be done when you get home. Enjoy, and let me know how you like it!

The food you eat builds your body, every day, for better or for worse.  Make choices for health!

With love & creativity,
Laurie