Ten Items to Bring for the Perfect Picnic

July 12, 2021

The Perfect Picnic

It’s picnic season! Wondering what to pack that’s satisfying, healthy, and easy to throw together? I have you covered.

In Calgary, hot and sunny days are few and far between. So when they arrive, we take full advantage. We went out to the mountains (luckily, very close to where we live) and had a breathtaking view of the Rockies. We are also very lucky in that we live super close to two Save-On-Foods locations. Are we there almost every day? Yes. Am I a little bit addicted to that store? Also, yes.

I grabbed all my picnic supplies (including cutlery and other picnic accessories from Save-On-Foods.

Healthy Picnic Menu

Fresh Fruit & Veg

Watermelon (cut beforehand or buy pre-sliced)


Organic Blueberries

Carrots (cut into sticks beforehand)


Grilled Tofu (grill day or day before – I like using the pressed tofu best for grilling)

Fresh Bread with Western Family Peanut Butter + Strawberries


Avocado Toast

Grain-free Nacho Tortilla Chips

Western Family Pistachios

Western Family Trail Mix


Western Family Sparkling Water 

Things to Keep in Mind

  • Keep it as simple as possible
  • Choose items that keep garbage/packaging to a minimum
  • There will be ants – just be okay with that 😉

Other Picnic Supplies

Hand Sanitizer

Paper Plates or Tupperware



More Healthy Picnic Snacks 

For the Vegan

Granola Bars

Fruit Leathers

Ants on a log (celery with peanut butter + raisins)


Mini Cucumbers

Veggie Platter


For the Omnivore

Turkey Pepperoni 


Cheese and Charcuterie

Roasted Chicken

Hard-boiled Eggs

All About Al-Fresco

My favourite thing about picnics? Not having to worry about crumbs. Yes, I’m the Monica in my family 😉 Picnics take a small amount of prep work and with this handy little guide, I’ve hopefully made it super simple for you. Scratch that… Save-On-Foods will make it super simple for you 😉

Comment on my latest Instagram picnic post to tell me what you brought on your picnic!

Love, Peace & ants on a log… literally


About the Author

What started as a collection of cute photos of her son on Instagram has now turned into a full-time career. Jasmin works alongside her husband, a professional photographer, and together are raising three young children in Calgary, Alberta. Over the past four years, her blog and Instagram page have become a place of inspiration, reflection, and comfort. She tells her stories through beautiful photos, personal narratives, and dorky mom humour. She loves to share innovative and healthy recipes that are family-friendly and easy to create. You can find her on Instagram @lemons.for.days and see her latest recipes on her blog lemonsfordays.com