I love a picnic.
You can probably guess why.
I suppose when I think about it, I kind of always have a portable picnic going on wherever I go. I may not have the fun checkered blankets or a basket (um, handbag!), but I always have snacks.
You never know when you’re going to need snacks.
Many factors go into the snack choices I make, and here are a few: no trans fats, hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup, and no synthetic colors, artificial preservatives, flavors or sweeteners. As natural and whole as possible.
Snacks also have to taste good.
Target recently invited me on another shopping spree – this time to check out their new healthy line, Simply Balanced. Target’s Simply Balanced line has a good variety of choices and located throughout the food section – look for the brightly colored teal. Not only are they natural and fit into all of those attributes I listed above, many of the products are plant based – everything I selected is!
A group of friends recently spent the day at the zoo for one of Portland’s Summer Zoo Concert Series – B-52’s and The Go-Gos. Yep, I know. I knew this was a perfect time to stop by Target to see what they had for picnic snacks – it was too hot that day to take anything that might not withstand the heat.
We chose a few bags of dried fruit – apples, strawberries, and peaches. You can never go wrong there, these are tasty! The sparkling beverages in grapefruit and cranberry cherry kept us refreshed all day (we brought a cooler).
Spabettie tip? That sparkling grapefruit makes a good cocktail mixer.
The Simply Balanced rosemary date crisps!
I have already gone back for more of these, and I have grand plans for them (stay tuned). For this picnic, we enjoyed these crisps with my Dijon-apricot goat cheese. Perfect.
The goat cheese made its way onto the sun-dried tomato popcorn chips as well – those will make it to future spabettie parties for sure. We also made a good choice with the sea salt and pepper baked potato crisps. Light and spicy flavorful.
Dessert? Fruit bites in strawberry, blueberry pomegranate, and strawberry mango. These are naturally fruity gummi to me – made with fruit pectin. Chewy bites of vivid natural flavor – a sweet ending that gave us energy to dance for The Go-Gos!
Take the guesswork out of eating well. Introducing Simply Balanced,a new brand from Target that’s thoughtfully crafted for taste and goodness. target/simplybalanced
Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of spabettie and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.