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How to Make a Healthy Picnic + Tropfest NY

  • June 24, 2013
  • By Brittany
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How to Make a Healthy Picnic + Tropfest NY

So one of the things on my 99 Days of Summer list for this summer is to have a picnic in a park.  Sounds simple enough.  Well, I got the opportunity this weekend when I learned from a friend that TropfestNY was going to be playing in Prospect Park in Brooklyn.  First of all, if you have never heard of Tropfest, let me fill you in.

Tropfest is the world’s largest short film festival.  The hubs and I started attending Tropfest when we were living in Sydney, Australia.  Tropfest actually started in Australia 20 years ago when John Polson decided he wanted to host an informal screening of short films.  The first Tropfest was held at the Tropicana Cafe in Darlinghurst, Sydney.  The festival caught on and grew and grew until it was being hosted in The Domain in Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens and then throughout Australia.  Now Tropfest has expanded all over the globe.  I wasn’t aware that Tropfest was hosted in NYC, but when I found out, the hubs and I were in immediately.  We had always had so much fun in Sydney watching the films, we couldn’t wait to start the tradition again in New York.
Tropfest is a completely free event, held outdoors and picnicking is highly encouraged.  Although there were vendors available, they don’t necessarily offer the healthiest options.  I decided that to pack the perfect healthy picnic to take with us to the event.  Read on to find out how to create the perfect healthy and fun picnic!

The first thing to consider when packing a picnic is what is going to be easy to transport.  Although I love sandwiches, especially from my panini press, they often get soggy and unappetizing during travel.  I find that salads usually stay fresh and are easy to pack.  For this picnic I decided on a Veggie Pasta Salad and a Berry Good Fruit Salad.  I get a little iffy with pasta salad made from mayo.  No one likes hot, spoiled mayo so I avoid going that route.  Besides, a little bit of olive oil is a much more heart-friendly option! 🙂  Check out the recipes:

Healthy Picnic

Veggie Pasta Salad

Ingredients

1/2 box of your favorite short pasta (I used gemelli because I love it’s fun shape)

2 tomatoes on the vine, chopped

1 cucumber, chopped

1/2 of a round of fresh mozzarella, cubed

1/3 cup of pine nuts

fresh basil

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Directions

1. Cook pasta according to directions.  Drain pasta and allow to cool.

2. Add tomatoes, cucumber, mozzarella, pine nuts and cheese to pasta.  Stir to combine.

3. Drizzle with oil and vinegar.  Stir to combine.  Top with basil.  Enjoy!

Berry Good Fruit Salad

Ingredients

1/2 punnet of strawberries, chopped

1/2 punnet of blueberries

1/2 punnet of blackberries

1/2 punnet of raspberries

1 white peach, chopped

1 white nectarine, chopped

1 bunch of grapes

mint to garnish

Directions

1.  Combine fruit into a large bowl.  Stir to combine.  Top with mint to garnish.  Enjoy!

Healthy Picnic 2

Of course picnicking is more fun with a few treats!  Roasted red pepper hummus and crackers are a great starter option.  Hummus is made from chickpeas, which are rich in fiber and protein.  It also contains healthy vitamins and minerals like folic acid, zing and magnesium.  Try to pick a lighter, low-cal cracker.

Crackers and hummus

Did you know that champagne is the lowest calories alcoholic beverage?

Champagne

And of course, no picnic is complete without some dessert.  These coffee beans covered in dark chocolate delectable and you only need a few to be satisfied!

Dessert

No picnic is complete without some fun games to pass the time.  We brought along Scrabble and a mini Jenga set.  The Jenga really made things exciting!

Scrabble

Jenga

Once the festival started, we quited down a bit and watched the clips.  I was actually expecting to see the films that had aired in Australia in February (during their summer), but in fact, the films had never been aired before (an entry requirement) and were mostly local.  Each clip had to be under 7 minutes in length and include the signature item, which this year was “bridge.”

 Trop fest NY 2

The clips were amazing!  If you went to the event, here were my favs:

Apart

Wet Dreams

Capture

The Possibilities

Tropfest NY 4

They were all so good!  The winner, The Unlikely Maestro, was about a rat who lived in Carnegie Hall and dreamed of being a conductor, until one night when he finally got his chance and proved that good things can come from an unlikely source.

Readers, what are your favorite picnic staples?  Do you have any healthy picnic recipes to share?  Have you ever been to Tropfest in NYC or abroad?

 

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0 Comments
  • Holly
    June 24, 2013

    My favorite picnic staple is anything with peanut butter (in moderation and preferable with a bit of chocolate ! Certainly, the fruit salad, too, all packed in a nifty picnic pack made especially for city slickers and country cousins. I will search out some good ones for you!

    • FitBritt
      June 25, 2013

      We have a great picnic pack we got when we visited Sydney last and went on a Skyplane. They gave us a cooler pack which comes with plates, forks, knives, spoons and two glasses. All very convenient!

  • Holly
    June 24, 2013

    My favorite picnic staple is anything with peanut butter (in moderation and preferable with a bit of chocolate ! Certainly, the fruit salad, too, all packed in a nifty picnic pack made especially for city slickers and country cousins. I will search out some good ones for you!

    • FitBritt
      June 25, 2013

      We have a great picnic pack we got when we visited Sydney last and went on a Skyplane. They gave us a cooler pack which comes with plates, forks, knives, spoons and two glasses. All very convenient!

  • Holly
    June 24, 2013

    My favorite picnic staple is anything with peanut butter (in moderation and preferable with a bit of chocolate ! Certainly, the fruit salad, too, all packed in a nifty picnic pack made especially for city slickers and country cousins. I will search out some good ones for you!

    • FitBritt
      June 25, 2013

      We have a great picnic pack we got when we visited Sydney last and went on a Skyplane. They gave us a cooler pack which comes with plates, forks, knives, spoons and two glasses. All very convenient!

  • Holly
    June 24, 2013

    My favorite picnic staple is anything with peanut butter (in moderation and preferable with a bit of chocolate ! Certainly, the fruit salad, too, all packed in a nifty picnic pack made especially for city slickers and country cousins. I will search out some good ones for you!

    • FitBritt
      June 25, 2013

      We have a great picnic pack we got when we visited Sydney last and went on a Skyplane. They gave us a cooler pack which comes with plates, forks, knives, spoons and two glasses. All very convenient!

  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    June 25, 2013

    This sounds fun! Thanks for the great picnic ideas an the great pasta salad recipe. Yum! My picnic staple is definitely fresh fruit (and lots of it).

    • FitBritt
      June 25, 2013

      Fresh fruit is key! I find that it helps fill me up and it’s sweet enough that I don’t need a ton of dessert!

  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    June 25, 2013

    This sounds fun! Thanks for the great picnic ideas an the great pasta salad recipe. Yum! My picnic staple is definitely fresh fruit (and lots of it).

    • FitBritt
      June 25, 2013

      Fresh fruit is key! I find that it helps fill me up and it’s sweet enough that I don’t need a ton of dessert!

  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    June 25, 2013

    This sounds fun! Thanks for the great picnic ideas an the great pasta salad recipe. Yum! My picnic staple is definitely fresh fruit (and lots of it).

    • FitBritt
      June 25, 2013

      Fresh fruit is key! I find that it helps fill me up and it’s sweet enough that I don’t need a ton of dessert!

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