April 23, 2012

National Picnic Day

“Kissing a man with a beard is a lot like going to a picnic. You don't mind going through a little bush to get there!” - Minnie Pearl

It's National Picnic Day!

Sponsored by: Doctor Kracker

My little sister and I used to love when our mom would let us have picnics in the living room. Not only was it the ultimate treat to be able to eat sprawled out on the floor or couch while watching a movie, but I think it also made us both have this major sense of responsibility because we were being trusted not to spill anything, to clean-up after ourselves, and, y'know, not chuck food at each other (which has always been a temptation regardless of where we were or how old we are)!

So, I thought it would be appropriate today to spread out a blanket on my living room floor and recreate those Saturday afternoons as a kid.

And my little indoor picnic was totally easy to do thanks to Dr. Kracker. Founded in 2003 in Dallas, Texas by a group of European and American bakers with a unique love for artisan breads, they had a "vision of marrying the European time tested process of artisan baking with the desire and need for healthier crispbreads, flatbreads, and snacks."

I had never heard of or had a "crispbread" before today. I was expecting something more like a water cracker, so you can imagine my surprise when I found out that these were enormous (like twice the size of an iPhone) and thick, crispy bread type things (in other words, the name of the product is what it says it is...duh). What makes them incredibly tasty and unique are the organically grown seeds baked right into them. I was so much more impressed than I thought I was going to be. If Dr. Kracker aims to make their crispbreads "burst with texture, character, and gusto" then they have certainly delivered (legit, I have never had something quite so crunchy before . . . it was just so fun to eat!).

Plus, they're keen on sustainability: their packaging is totally recyclable, their bakery uses a heat absorber that recycles all of their oven heat instead of releasing that CO2 and other volatile acids into the skies, they support organic farms thus reducing the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers which can pollute soil and water, and they - obviously! - are making a food with whole grain and whole seeds which means they're contributing to solutions regarding chronic disease and rampant obesity.

Now, I topped my Seedlander Crispbreads with three different things:
1. F'am (fake ham), lettuce, and whole grain mustard
2. Cucumbers slices and vegan cream cheese
3. Deconstructed hummus (which is basically a chickpea salad)

It was such a light, delicious, nutritious lunch that I felt so satisfied and uplifted after chowing down on which is exactly how you want to feel after a picnic (because really, is there anything worse then feeling like a weighed down fatty-fatty after eating a meal?).

Go out (or stay in) and celebrate!

Happy National Picnic Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission by company.