Our privacy policy has changed. By using this site, you agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Dismiss

Holistic picnicking tips from local group

Aug. 4, 2009

Practical tips from local a local parenting group can help make Labor Day picnics healthier and greener. These pointers come from local members of the Holistic Moms Network, who strive for holistic health and green living.

 

A favorite of ours is veggie sticks (usually carrots) dipped in natural peanut butter (or other nut butter). It's got the fiber and the protein to keep the kids going! --Katie from Bay View

 

We bring lots of vegetables with spreads and dips, and stock up at Outpost Natural Foods Store. --Cristina from Cedarburg

 

I suggest using local, seasonal foods to prepare your meal at home (instead of store bought with extra packaging). --Annie from Bay View

 

Keep in mind the dirty dozen—the 12 fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides. A good list is at www.foodnews.org. --Rudy from Bay View

 

Use cloth napkins when you picnic. They can double as placemats on a dirty picnic table or on the ground or blanket. Afterwards, wet them to clean little messy little hands and faces. You can even clip one around a small child next with a clothespin for a handy bib. Then, instead of having trash afterwards, you can wash and reuse them over and over.

--Carolyn from St. Francis

 

We try to make our picnics "no waste." Bring real flatware, cloth napkins, real plates (bamboo, plastic, ceramic, etc.), water bottles from home (stainless steel or the good ol' mason jar). Pack it into a reusable cooler or picnic pack with reusable ice packs (instead of a disposable Styrofoam cooler with ice). --Annie from Bay View

 

For reusable containers, I love the nonbreakable, easily washable equivalent of Ziploc bags called Snack Taxis. They are available at Future Green in Milwaukee or www.snacktaxi.com/store/ --Jill from Bay View

 

If possible, choose to picnic on hot nights when you don't want to heat up the kitchen/house with cooking at home. We've even brought our Solar Oven to some picnics...as long as you get out at the right time of day. You could even bring a solar or crank powered radio and listen to an independent radio station for some "eco-tunes."

--Annie from Bay View

 

The Holistic Moms Network website is www.holisticmoms.org The group meets the first Tuesday of the month at Outpost Natural Foods in Bay View.

Community Watch

» Roundup of Memorial Day events in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country 5/27

» Festival Foods proposal advances in Hales Corners with panel's support Updated:  5/26

» Warrior Dash obstacle course coming to The Rock Aug. 13 5/26

» 2 men sentenced in attempted carjackings in Greenfield, Oak Creek 5/25

» Classes resume at Franklin High School following evacuation Updated:  5/25

» Franklin High School wins awards for "Fiddler on the Roof" 5/25

» View some Art in the Park in Oak Creek May 28 5/25

» Boerner Botanical Gardens hosting Herb Fair May 28 5/24

» Greendale's Canterbury Elementary enters recycling contest to win new playground 5/24

» Oak Creek boys track team stays on task, win sixth SEC outdoor title 5/24

» Initial Reaction: Talking with star Waukesha soccer players Dani Rhodes, Emily Cervantes Updated:  5/24

» Franklin boys tennis team dominates SEC tourney 5/24

» Big bats land Oak Creek softball team SEC title 5/24

» Steady Franklin golfers claim Southeast Conference title 5/23

» Grease fire damages oven at Franklin bakery 5/20

» Five places to go to let your dog off the leash this summer 5/19

» Reptile Day returns June 12 at Wehr Nature Center 5/19

» Oak Creek stuns Whitnall, 12-2, in battle of softball powers 5/19

» Crash closes portion of Highway 100 in Hales Corners May 18 5/18

» Oak Creek approves $13 million financing help for Ikea store 5/18

» Franklin girls soccer team finishes second at Kiel tournament 5/17

» Why did IKEA choose Oak Creek? Location 5/17

» Oak Creek to honor veterans May 30 5/17

» Initial Reaction Podcast: A chat with award-winning sportscaster Dennis Krause Updated:  5/17

» Oak Creek's Marwin Evans signs with Green Bay Packers 5/14

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Best Summer Ever

 

We've made it easy for you to get out and go this summer. From hitting the trails for a bike ride or walk, to where to find beer gardens in the area, to the best places to swim in Waukesha County to the best summer drinks and summer reads, check out our 2016 summer guide.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

CONNECT