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As the summer heat reaches its most extreme highs, it can be hard to find the motivation to cook anything. Luckily, there are plenty of treats you can make while staying cool.

Summer Treats to Take to Your Next Picnic

Summer is the perfect season to enjoy the outdoors. The sunshine and pleasant weather are ideal for spending time at the beach, at the lake, or at the park. Spending the day outdoors with your family can be tons of fun, but you're all bound to get hungry. Instead of stopping by a fast food place, why not pack a healthy and delicious picnic with food you can all enjoy? To make your family picnic success, check out these easy food options for a picnic.

Start With Some Fruit

Fruit is the perfect snack to pack in your picnic basket. Not only is fruit delicious and refreshing on a hot summer day, it is also healthy. Since there are tons of fruit options available, you can choose the types of fruit you know your family enjoys. Below are examples of how you can prepare fruit based treats for your picnic. Fruit skewers: Fruit skewers are super easy to make and require minimal time, effort, and supplies. In fact, all you need are some skewers, your favorite fruit, and a knife. After washing your fruit, cut it up into decent size pieces. Once you have all of your fruit cut up, slide it onto the skewers making a fun pattern or design. Since your fruit is on a stick, there is less of a mess when transporting and eating this snack. Strawberry ladybugs: This is a fun treat that can get your picky eaters to try something new. All you need are some strawberries, blueberries, and some melting chocolate. Melt the chocolate and use this t create a dot pattern on one side of a strawberry so that it resembles a ladybug. Next, use some melted chocolate to stick a blueberry onto the front of the strawberry for the ladybug's head. That's it! Let your ladybugs dry and surprise your family with them at your picnic.

Prepare a Simple Salad

Since summer days tend to be quite hot, a salad is always a great option. Not only does it not require you to stand in front of a hot stove for hours, it's also a more refreshing appetizer. A delicious and simple option can be made with some corn and some cheese. Start by grilling some corn on the cob until you get it perfectly grilled. Once your corn has cooled, cut the kernels off and into a bowl. Next, chop some onions or chives and put these in the bowl along with your corn. Grab some feta cheese and crumble it over the corn and onions until you have your desired amount. Drizzle a bit of olive oil into the bowl and toss the salad. Finally, add some salt, pepper, and some fresh herbs (cilantro, parsley, mint, etc.) until you're satisfied. If you're not looking forward to making the main course for your picnic, a sandwich is never a bad idea. To make things even easier, you can always stop by Great Harvest of Newtonville and pick up some of their delicious sandwich options. You can even call ahead to place your order. Give them a call at (617) 928-1162 to learn about.

Cool off With Some Refreshing Drinks

No picnic is complete without some refreshing drinks to wash everything down with. What would a picnic be without some traditional lemonade? To make your own, bring 1 1/2 cups of water and 1 1/2 cups of sugar to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat and let this simmer until they're well combined. Next, let your sugar water cool while you juice some lemons. Once you have 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice and your water has cooled, combine the two in a large pitcher. Finally, add in 4 cups of cold water and mix everything together. You can also add some mint leaves into the pitcher or wait until your picnic to serve the individual glasses of lemonade with some mint as garnish.

Make a Pit Stop at Your Favorite Bakery in Town

If your picnic is missing anything from sandwiches to fresh baked treats, Great Harvest of Newtonville has plenty for you to choose from. Whether you're going on a small family picnic or are looking for catering options for your company lunch, Great Harvest of Newtonville has you covered! Stop by their bakery or give them a call at  (617) 928-1162 to learn more about their menu.
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