Studies have shown that just two hours of time outside each week can improve your mood, and as we reach the height of summer, there’s no better time to enjoy the sunshine and eat a delicious meal made with seasonal fruits and veggies. A great way to get some fresh air and sunshine is a picnic!
What you’ll need:
- Something to sit on: a beach towel, blanket or tapestry works well!
- A book, audiobook, playlist or take the opportunity to get some work done in a new setting.
- Sun protection! SPF 35 at least, sunglasses, and an oversized sunhat. Check out our Acure sun campaign to learn more about the importance of sun safety and how to choose better brands.
- Most importantly, your favorite FLOSN snacks! Check out this seasonal food guide to find what is in season near you, and if possible, try to buy from a farmer or independent grocer. Check out our peach crumble bar recipe below for some inspiration!
It’s important to recognize that not everyone has access to a local greenspace or a grocery store with an abundance of FLOSN foods. If you don’t have access to a public green space nearby, or if the weather is too gloomy, here are some alternatives:
- Set up a blanket in your living room, and picnic there. Invite friends or family to join!
- Drive to a viewpoint near you, make your food ahead of time, and sit in the car or on your hood at the lookout while you eat. This is a great way to watch the sunset!
Summery Peach Crumble Bars
1 ½ cups flour
5 tbsp sugar
½ cup butter, cut into pieces
1 pinch of salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp + 1 tsp cornstarch
5 medium peaches, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp vanilla extract
¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup old-fashioned oats
1 tsp cinnamon
⅔ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup cold butter, cut Into pieces
¼ cup chopped nuts of your preference (We love hazelnuts and pecans!)
Optional: ¼ cup shredded coconut or coconut flakes
- Preheat the oven to 350º F. Line a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhang to lift the bars later.
- Mix flour, sugar, and salt together In a medium mixing bowl. Add butter and rub it in with your fingers until combined. Pat into the pan and bake for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, make the filling.
- In a saucepan, combine granulated sugar and cornstarch. Add peaches, vanilla extract, and lemon juice, and cook over medium heat until thickened and bubbly, stirring. Spoon over partially baked crust.
- Stir together flour, oats, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts and coconut (if using).
- Crumble the topping over the filling. Make sure to spread an even layer, or the thicker part will not cook through. Raise heat to 375º F. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until golden brown and filling is bubbly. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Lift from the pan using the parchment paper, or using spatulas. Let cool, then cut into 1 ½ inch squares.