This post is sponsored by ECO lunchbox. I have personally used and love ECO lunchbox. As always, all opinions are my own.
Fall is here! The weather outside is crisp, the mosquitoes are diminishing and everything seems to have that wonderful “spiced” smell. “It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a a bouquet of newly sharpened pencil if I knew your name and address” (for all my fellow “You’ve Got Mail” fans).
Everything feels festive, but there is a downside to all the lovely celebrations. Early into the fall festivities I notice something creeping in that begins to rob me of my joy for the season. It manifests in many forms, but it’s origin name is “Excess.” Excess money spent on fall outings, excess sugar and junk food being consumed in the name of ceremony and excess waste. This season that is beautiful all on it’s own can become cluttered and stressful when we make it excessive.
There is absolutely a time and a place to buy tickets to the arboretum or indulge in a pumpkin spiced treat, but balance is the key. Only you know what that balance looks like for your family; you can feel when your household starts to lose it’s equilibrium.
We felt our family becoming a bit excessive in treats early into October and have since tried to bring back some balance. In our efforts we have discovered our love of taking a healthy and affordable picnic to the park. I think it’s probably been Little’s favorite outing of the season! Here are a few tips for a healthy and affordable Fall picnic.
Make It Easy
The hardest part of this outing is just getting out of the house! Pack some eco-friendly lunchware with whole foods that require minimal preparation. Some of our favorite go-to snacks are washed fruit and Trader Joe’s roasted plantain chips. For the main part of your meal, pack something that can, ideally, be made ahead of time, so that you just throw it in the lunchbox. We are in a phase of almost always having clean chicken salad on hand. We put it in a lettuce leaf and we have a delicious and easy lunch; that keeps us feeling good after we eat it! Throw in some apples for good measure, and you are ready to go!
I made a mistake in this area! At 7 months pregnant, I somehow thought it would be a good idea to wear my cute knee high boots to the park. About 15 minutes into the outing my ankles were swelling and I was more concentrated on my feet then on enjoying my time with my family. So, word to the wise, dress comfortably! We also learned the hard way to always have some extra clothes on hand for little. This way, when she gets wet (because we were totally planning on that) we can change her and the fun doesn’t have to end!
The purpose of this outing is to experience and enjoy fall simply and authentically with your family. Part of that simplicity comes from taking a more minimalist approach. To be honest, we are still working towards a more minimalist lifestyle. It’s definitely a work in progress, but I love when it can be made easy. We recently started using the ECOlunchbox Three-in-One (as pictured) and we really love it! It is a convenient way to make our family more involved in taking care of our environment and I personally like not having piles of plastic Tupperware everywhere. Eating simple whole foods, wearing comfortable clothes and using eco-friendly lunchware all aid in creating a stress-free and budget friendly fall outing.
Enjoy fall without falling into excess. 3 Tips for a healthy and affordable fall outing!
Enjoy your fall picnic! Take a picture and tag me on Instagram; I’d love to see your fun picnic!
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