Sometimes I like to be able to do fun surprises so I am planning a picnic inside…. you have to love picnics so why not just have one inside…. and I have so many awesome items I love that I want to just put together in one picnic basket. I will do that and pretend I am sitting somewhere warm and fab enjoying all my delicious treats.
First if you are going on a picnic you should check out DOCK & BAY
Dock & Bay offers a line of microfiber towels that are absorbent, lightweight, quick dry and stylish. Perfect for the beach, travel, sports activities and more, Dock & Bay towels come with a convenient carrying bag, so you will never leave home without one. Dock & Bay has the largest round towels on the market, additionally they offer cabana towels in sizes large and x-large, as well as sports/yoga towels – the perfect accoutrement to share with the family.
Dock & Bay has set out to re-invent the traditional towel, becoming the first brand in the world to bring the benefits of microfiber together with the high-end, quality designs of your traditional towel.
By offering a line of compact, lightweight, quick-dry – yet affordable towels, Dock & Bay has created a down to earth and practical brand that fits perfectly with the founders own addiction to travel and love of experiencing new things. This gives customers the freedom to go out there and live their life to the full without having to worry about practical details, such as how much space they may have in a suitcase or whether or not they have a place to hang-dry their towel.
Dock & Bay is built on the belief that the strongest and most genuine human connections are formed through shared experience, and whether these moments happen at the beach, the lake, in the yoga studio or the great outdoors, Dock & Bay wants to be a part of those memories.
I also love these plates especially for picnic because they are really pretty – I have this zen like pattern at home but slim and great for a picnic packing
But they are also great to help you portion control … In many ways the holidays are about indulgence, sweet treats and overeating with family & friends. However, as soon as we’re home from Holiday traveling and entertaining we find ourselves making resolutions for the New Year…Slimware, a line of chic portion-conscious plates, is a simple reminder not to overeat. Why count calories or weigh your food when you can simply use your eyes to limit your portions? And with Slimware, the diet concept is cleverly disguised in the design with subtle portion size suggestions on each plate. Slimware is available in five eye-catching designs that will complement nearly any kitchen and personality type.
Detailed information is available at www.slimware.com. Please let me know if you would like samples.
For food & drink first up need some Cold Brew _- I am not a huge coffee drinker more of a tea drinker but my husband loves Cold Brew and I am loving this special holiday brew …. and why not have a locally brewed one by SAIL AWAY and they even made a special one that has some yummy spices called SLEIGH RIDE. I love their ethos INSPIRED BY TRAVEL. FUELED BY ENERGY. I love their graphics as well. You can check out their story here: https://sailawaycoffee.com/pages/our-story
Next up you have to have some yummy cheese …. but we are trying to stay away from DAIRY …. and even regardless this is amazing “cheese”
Punk Rawk Labs’ dairy-free, nutmilk cheeses. Punk Rawk Labs is a woman-owned, Minnesota based company that produces delicious dairy free cheeses with a variety of flavors like Nacho, Cashew Herb and Truffle. Check them out http://punkrawklabs.net/nut-milk-cheeses.html
The benefits of Punk Rawk Lab’s nutmilk cheeses include:· Perfect for the vegan diet and lifestyle / Great for people who are intolerant or sensitive to dairy / It is naturally fermented, adding to its overall benefits to health and digestion / They come in a variety of flavors and taste like real cheese / Using a process similar to traditional dairy fermentation, their cheeses are crafted by fermenting nut milks resulting in a smooth texture and authentic umami flavor. Unlike most alternative cheese products on the market, PRL cheese is made using simple and natural organic ingredients free of dairy, gluten and soy. Our cheese base contains only four components: nuts, water, culture, and salt. The result is a great tasting, healthy alternative to dairy cheese
Ok so we have the cheese what bread / crackers will we use … well I am in LOVE ! I am always looking for a healthy alternative to bread especially because Scott loves almond butter/ cashew butter sandwiches sometimes …. so when I heard about BFree I was so excited…. BFree’s sandwich loaves & dinner rolls are gluten-free, vegan and allergen-friendly but still taste like conventional bread – especially helpful when serving guests with various dietary restrictions. Made with nutritious ingredients like pea protein, teff and millet, all BFree breads are low-fat, low-sugar, high-protein and calorie-responsible. I love they are available at ShopRite too and extremely well priced plus has PEA PROTEIN! So many great ideas here : https://us.bfreefoods.com/ – I am in LOVE with their bagels they are so good !
Next up SO DELICIOUS – I am in love with my dairy free yummy yogurts with coconut milk and they have so many delicious flavors – I love my Blueberry and then I use some Crunchies on top. So Delicious Dairy Free has been bringing joy to dairy-free lives for nearly 30 years. They offer an array of delicious dairy-free delights that you can feel good about sipping, biting, pouring, scooping, licking and chugging throughout your day. From their robust allergen-testing program to the innovative work they do creating products made with high quality ingredients, So Delicious Dairy Free is committed to doing the right things for people, animals and the planet.They use organic ingredients whenever possible and our entire line of foods and beverages is certified vegan and Non-GMO Project Verified or enrolled. They never use artificial flavors, colors, hydrogenated oils or trans-fats. Because our foods and beverages are plant based, our line is also cholesterol free. I am partial to them because they are a sponsor at the studio so I am always sharing the love for So Delicious Dairy Free but they are a constant in my fridge – I am so glad the deli down the block is now selling them !
I mention Crunchies which I have to still make Crunchies bark using chocolate and Crunchies – Scott just picked me up some bars of chocolate to make some bark but in meantime I am using it on the top of my yogurt, as a snack — here is some info on them & check them out here : https://www.crunchiesfood.com/our-food/
Crunchies is all-natural, freeze-dried fruit and vegetable snacks. With just one simple, authentic ingredient – fresh produce – Crunchies has developed a snack food that’s not just addictive and delicious but packed with impressive nutrition to boot. Unlike traditional heat drying, the freeze-drying method used by Crunchies ensures that fresh fruit and veggies retain their nutritional value while enhancing shelf life—and creating that satisfying crunch. After harvesting, fresh produce is promptly frozen and undergoes a low-pressure drying process in which frozen water is removed directly as steam, bypassing the liquid state. As a result, Crunchies products retain most of the nutrients of fresh, whole fruits and vegetables, making them a smart food choice for consumers of all ages. Plus, each serving of Crunchies is only around 40 calories. I also love the fact that they only work with farmers they know – this is a company that cares about a quality product and it tastes so great !
I love to make sure even when we are snacking we are getting protein so we spoke a bit about the pea protein in the bread and of course protein from our cheese and then protein from this really yummy sweet bar – It is like something you might taste at the Cereal Killer Café — it is by Quest Nutrition and it is their Beyond Cereal Protein Bar. The bar has the comforting crunch of a junk food cereal bar but this has an incredible nutritional profile. Check out their recipes on : http://www.questnutrition.com/cookbook
I am a huge fan of Justin’s – http://justins.com/ – I always have their packets in my bag they are great when you are on a shoot and no one wants to stop to eat because the shoot is going so well and everyone is on a time crunch…. but now I have these snack packs to enjoy as well – I love Justin’s descriptions — You may call it a pretzel stick, but I call it a Maple Almond Butter delivery system. Each one is a lightly salted freight train bringing maple deliciousness directly to your taste buds. Now that’s what I call the adult version of “Here comes the choo choo train.” or This isn’t just the first non-perishable fruit and nut butter pairing. And it’s definitely not just another Snack Pack. This is a Belly Battery. It’s convenient and portable. It combines delicious, organic banana chips with even delicious-er honey peanut butter to provide you a burst of energy. And trust me, it’s a battery you’re really going to want to press against your tongue. Check out their website for more info on these AMAZING snack packs !
I definitely need to have some Baci Perugina for my honey. This is an iconic Italian company and they are available in milk or dark chocolate, each Baci contains a creamy milk chocolate, chopped hazelnut filling crowned with a crunchy whole hazelnut and is made with just eight, all natural ingredients and LOVE. I recently went to Italy with them via a custom cardboard VR headset and I was able to take a virtual tour of Perugia, Italy and I went to their chocolate factory and heard all about the history of this FEMALE founded brand that touches all of hearts with the word Kiss.
Baci® Perugina® has a delightful love story that starts in 1922 in Perugia, a medieval city in the heart of Italy. It all began when a young chocolate maker created a special bonbon for his beloved. The confection, originally called cazzotto (punch) because its shape evokes a fist, was wrapped in a billet-doux, the Love Note that still today makes Baci® Perugina® unique. The Love Notes wrapped around the heart of Baci® Perugina® are a legend and make Baci® Perugina® unique and inimitable. Since the Thirties, they’ve voiced feelings for people who want to express their love through the words of philosophers, classical authors, contemporary artists and proverbs. Watch more here : https://www.baciperugina.com/us/en/philosophy
We have to have some champagne so we celebrate with a special bottle we have been holding on too a Rose that was a collaboration with Carol Lim – I love the bottle & we will drink in our glasses by JOCO.
After all that food we will certainly need ICE CHIPS to freshen our breathe but they also just have fun flavors like Egg Nog but I love the Cinnamon- I love this company’s story : Ice Chips are a delicious, all-natural and sugar-free candy that is made with Birchwood Xylitol, which is safe for the expectant mom and diabetics. The sassy Grandmas who founded the line have dubbed Ice Chips the ‘Good for You Candy!’ The original tins are available in retailers and dental offices nationwide, as well as on the website
The founders, Bev Vines-Haines and Charlotte Clary have known each other since 1986. They met in Yelm, Washington, just two moms driving kids to church and school. But it wasn’t long before their matching entrepreneurial spirits had them bent over numerous ‘money making’ ideas and projects. They have researched home remedies, studied herbal properties and used their families as guinea pigs for numerous concoctions. Over the years, they have acquired a file filled with business cards they created for one idea after another. They have run a newspaper, produced original Murder Mystery Dinner events, operated an advertising and PR firm and generally sizzled with endless ideas. I love these entrepreneurs….
Why EVERYONE wants to eat ICE CHIPS Candy made with Birchwood Xylitol EVERY DAY!
- Strengthens teeth
- Reduces new tooth decay
- Reduces cavity-causing bacteria
- Inhibits growth of dental plaque
- Stimulates saliva flow
- Does NOT impact insulin levels
- Contains zero net effective carbs
- Delicious and satisfying
- The FDA has approved xylitol as a Natural Sweetener
- Xylitol is a natural sweetener found in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables
- Xylitol is found in small amounts in the human body
- One teaspoon of xylitol contains 40% less calories than sugar
- Savoring ICE CHIPS Candy 3 to 5 times a day delivers maximum benefits
- Use ICE CHIPS Candy immediately after meals or snacks
- Recent studies have found a link between consuming Xylitol during pregnancy and stronger teeth in infants
You can learn more about the Grandmas who I adore and their products here : http://www.icechipscandy.com/about-xylitol-benefits-and-more#whatisxylitol
A fun little at home picnic filled with lots of yummy treats and a lot of healthiness & love too!