Celebrating National Picnic Day with healthy snacks

National Picnic Day: What to pack in your picnic basket

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - To celebrate National Picnic Day, we wanted to see what good foods can make your picnics fun and healthy.

Shanda Bauman, a lifestyle expert and blogger for The Parents with Style, joined us on the weather deck to show off some of her favorites.

Pack the picnic basket with a bottle of wine! Santa Margherita's Sparkling Rose has a pink hue that introduces a subtle succession of floral fragrances lifted by white fruits and delicate hints of red berry fruits, while offering a versatile drinking experience.

Kids gravitate to salty snacks over sweet ones. Pack up Gaea Olive Snack Packs! Full of authentic Greek Flavors, low-calorie, and containing zero additives, these are a perfect alternative to salty snacks this spring.

Both gluten-free and preservative-free, Go Organically® Fruit Snacks and Welch's® Fruit Snacks taste delicious AND are an excellent source of Vitamins A and E.

Craving something sweet? Throw a treat like Viki's Granola "on-the-go" Packs into your picnic basket that can be enjoyed guilt-free!

Packed with wholesome whole grains & real fruit bites, Munk Pack's ready-to-eat Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes are perfect as an on-the-go picnic snack. Even better, they are gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher and certified vegan.

Bringing yogurt for the day? Pack your picnic basket with protein-packed Carrington Farms Organic Milled Flax Paks for a unique superfood blend to sprinkle on top, and fight hunger!

The Little Kernel, the newest popcorn brand on the market, is the perfect addition to any picnic! Not only is this a delicious treat perfect for everyone to enjoy, but also a better-for-you snack that has a unique, hulless, "miniature kernel." Popped in 100% pure olive oil, each popcorn is gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy-free, kosher and certified whole grains.

Whip up a quick, easy and nutritious pasta salad with Explore Cuisine, an alternative pasta brand that integrates beans, peas, lentils, and rice to provide you with nourishing meals which are easy, quick, colorful, and simply delicious! All Explore Cuisine products are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and jam packed with nutrients.

Stay hydrated with Sparkling Ice and AquaBall! Both zero calories, zero carbs, gluten free, and sodium free, these flavored waters make staying hydrated fun and exciting.

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Mackenzie Thaden is a producer at WZZM 13. For more stories about food, fun and West Michigan -- check out the Features section of WZZM 13 or visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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