Let’s Eat Outside
It’s June: yay, summer! And it’s Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Month: yummy & healthy! Put those things together, and what do you have? Time to eat outside!
Here are some advantages to moving your meal outdoors:
- Take a happy break! Eating outside is a proven natural mood booster and stress reliever. Bring a portable lunch from home (a healthy wrap or a salad, fresh whole fruit or veggies) and get out. Even short walks have health benefits. You’ll return to work refreshed and refocused.
- Cool it at dinner! Grab the kids for an impromptu picnic in the backyard. Why not plan a no-cook dinner built around a meal-size salad? Easier cleanup…and no slaving over a hot stove!
- Fire up the flavor! Dad’s traditional culinary specialty works delicious magic on meat, fish and veggies (fruit, too!), and moving the heat outside keeps the kitchen cool. It’s also a terrific way to cook extra foods for use in other recipes later in the week.
Whenever you eat outdoors, always remember basic food safety: keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. And don’t let food sit out for extended periods. The FDA’s terrific guide covers all the bases — download yours here.