May 31, 2018

A Clean Picnic: For Your Body + The Planet

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The grass is green, the sun is shining, and eating outside in May is quite possibly my favorite thing to do. Whether it’s going to a local park, packing up for a road trip, or simply lounging in your backyard, it’s so easy to go zero waste. Who want’s to be lugging all of that trash around afterward anyway?

Picnics are always my top lunch choice on nice days, not only because I can be outside, but because I can customize a healthy meal. And don’t worry, I’m not talking about a boring salad here. I’m talking about gluten and dairy-free turkey pesto sandwiches to start.

The Picnic:

  • Turkey + Pesto Sandwiches
  • Almond Ricotta, Lemon + Fennel Dip
  • Fresh veggies
  • Lemon Balm, Nettle + Marshmallow Root Infusions

What You’ll Need:

Pro tip for your kite hill products — place the entire container in a Stasher bag while in the fridge for prolonged freshness! This step staves off mold well over the time-span of just keeping it in the fridge.

Make It:

Turkey + Pesto Sandwiches
  • Turkey breast – my favorite is organic roasted black pepper
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Pesto – my recipe OR Trader Joe’s Vegan Kale Pesto
  • Sourdough – I chose a gluten-free loaf from Shär

Stack everything together and store in your sandwich size Stasher!

The Sandwich Pesto
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • About 10 large basil leaves
  • 2 handfuls of spinach or kale
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1⁄2 lemon juiced
  • 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Pulse a couple times, push sides down, blend on medium-high for a couple more seconds until the consistency is gritty and not quite pureed. Spread on the sammies!

Almond Ricotta, Lemon + Fennel Dip
  • 1/2 container kite hill almond ricotta
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. fennel seeds
  • a dash of freshly cracked black pepper

Add all ingredients to a snack size stasher bag, zip, and mash bag with hands until a consistent texture is formed. Hooray for no cleanup! Enjoy this Mediterranean inspired dip with fresh veggies, tortilla chips, or your favorite crackers.

Veggies
  • carrots
  • cucumbers
  • anything else your heart desires!

Rinse and dice veggies. Toss them in your reusable bag and you’re ready to go!

Lemon Balm, Nettle + Marshmallow Root Infusions

This has been my go-to drink this summer for so many reasons! You can let this infusion steep overnight in cold water, no boiling necessary – which is always nice on those hot days. This blend is essential for gut-health, reducing inflammation, calming the skin, cleansing the kidneys, and can help balance blood sugar! (Serves 2)

  • 1 oz lemon balm
  • 1 oz nettle
  • 1 oz marshmallow root

Add all of the herbs to a large mason jar. Next, fill the jar the rest of the way up with filtered water. Place a cloth and rubber band on top and let steep overnight. Strain in the morning and enjoy it chilled on your picnic!

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