When spring arrives, my first thought is “time to picnic.” It’s warm, the sun’s out (most of the time), the grass is green, and I’m on the hunt for some small tomatoes and strawberries to eat on a blanket. Usually picnics are afternoon or evening affairs, when the sun is at its peak, or casting a delicious orange glow as it sets. But if you’ve never tried a breakfast picnic, you’re seriously missing out and you’re going to want to keep reading.
Why breakfast picnic?
The last thing I want to do on the weekend is stand in line for brunch at the newest hot brunch spot. What I really want to do is spend time outside on a lawn. A breakfast picnic checks that box. You can bypass the brunch line ups and pedal or walk to the nearest picturesque park and prepare your personalized spread under the sun. The breakfast picnic has the added benefit of ensuring you get prime park lawn space, because you’re arriving much earlier than most of the other park-goers, who tend to show up in the early afternoon. This is especially relevant in busy cities in which park space is at a premium.
What you’ll need
Everyone picnics in their own way, of course, but here are a few thoughts on what you’ll need for the perfect breakfast picnic.
- Two blankets—one for sitting on and one for cover, in case it’s still a little chilly
- A picnic basket
- Friends (optional but recommended)
- Frisbee, football or bocce set (recommended but optional)
What to eat?
The food is, for me, the raison d’etre of a picnic, so it’s worth putting a bit of effort into it. There are no limitations, but since it’s a breakfast picnic, you might want to consider breakfast-type foods. The good news is that there are lots of great options. Here are just a few to consider:
- Hardboiled eggs: Super easy to make and transport. A no-brainer.
- Freshly squeezed orange juice. Bring some sparkling wine and make a mimosa.
- Try this charcuterie-inspired breakfast board.
- A thermos of coffee: A breakfast essential.
- Ginger and lime marinated melon: Take your melon up a notch.
- Jerky: Think of it as a bacon replacement, and a tasty and handy way to get some morning protein. Look for versions with the least amount of sodium or make your own.
- Blueberry oatmeal muffins: Single serving foods make picnicking easy, and this recipe makes a hearty, hearty contribution—and sneaks in some whole grain oats.
- Homemade yogurt cups: Another familiar breakfast food, customized for picnic perfection.
- Iced tea: Try the recipe below for a classic refreshing treat with a Thai twist.
- 3 bags of black tea
- 3 bags of rooibos tea
- 1 litre of water
- 1 can of coconut milk
- Agave syrup or honey to taste
- Lots of ice
- Brew the tea and discard tea bags. Place tea in the fridge for 30 minutes to cool down.
- Get a few tall glasses (mason jars work best for a picnic!), fill them with ice, pour chilled tea up to ¾ of the glass, then top with coconut milk.
- Sweeten to your taste (usually 1 teaspoon or 2 does the trick).
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