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Tips for Summer Picnics - Office, Family or Neighbourhood Big Lunch

With the summer season of eating out almost upon us, we take a look at what makes for a tasty and healthy outdoor picnic when you may not have much time on your hands.

Tips for Summer Picnics - Office, Family or Neighbourhood Big Lunch

"All good picnics should be delicious, natural, healthy, filling & affordable. Your local supermarket has so many products readily available for a great picnic"
Anishya Kumar

We're approaching that time of the great picnic season. The Eden Project's eat with your neighbours The Big Lunch runs from 1st to 2nd June 2019.  It's International Picnic Day on 18th June and National Picnic Week runs from 20th - 30th June 2019.  But you don't need a huge hamper from a luxury store or the skills of Nigella Lawson to pull off a picnic to get talked about. As long as the weather is good, and you think naturally, you can pick up tasty treats at your local supermarket for a delicious, natural, healthy, filling and above all affordable picnic.

The word “picnic” has French origins and the outdoor feast became a popular pastime in France after the Revolution. ​If you are a fan of Jane Austen, you will be aware that 19th-century picnics were huge social ccasions. The menus featured a wide range of pies and cold meats that often took days to prepare.  Also Fortnum and Mason one of London's finest stores for food, claims to have invented popular picnic standard, the Scotch egg, in 1738.  

With our busy lives we do not have time to spend prepping for picnics. A basic cheese sandwich was the most popular picnic snack 50 years ago. Now, it’s a bag of crisps.  A Tesco Meal Deal can provide millions with a cheese sandwich, a bag of crisps and a drink for just £3, but why not stretch beyond that very basic picnic? 

Our Zinda Foods AirWrap range launched in Tesco with RRP from £2.98 early in 2019.  It's part of the Tesco meal deal, so for just £3 picnic shoppers can enjoy an AirWrap plus a packet of naturally hand-cooked crisps like Tyrrells and an energising smoothie drink such as innocent's.  There are also pots of fresh fruit, carrots and dips that you can swap out for crisps in the meal deal.

Each Zinda AirWrap packs a punch for your picnic, with flavours that are simple yet complex. As each filling comes with a story sharing the inspiration and thought behind it. The age-old recipes and flavours that you may have enjoyed at traditional picnics eg Greek Salads, Chicken Caesar salads have been lovingly adapted and recreated for modern life.  

Anishya Kumar, the founder of & face behind Zinda Foods says, “All good picnics should have food that is delicious, natural, healthy, filling and most of all affordable! 
We often base our fillings on traditional sandwich or picnic recipes and present them in a healthier, wholesome and more delicious way

The average person in the UK picnics at least three times a year, that’s 94 million picnics per year.   "Our wraps are handcrafted with all natural ingredients, no preservatives & no palm oil with a texture thinner, lighter and softer than the traditional wraps found on UK supermarket shelves". When buying picnic food from supermarkets, make the most of all the benefits you get from eating in the open air and taking in the sunlight. Enjoy something that is natural and not processed.