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Enjoy National Picnic Month in Central Virginia

Pack a healthy picnic lunch and enjoy National Picnic Month in Central Virginia
Pack a healthy picnic lunch and enjoy National Picnic Month in Central Virginia
Sandy Wallace

July is National Picnic Month, a great time to enjoy being outdoors in Central Virginia. Pack your picnic lunch and head for one of Lynchburg's parks. Enjoy water fun with a picnic beside the Sprayground at Riverside Park. Challenge your kids to a friendly game of disc golf after your picnic lunch at Peaks View Park. Take a break from pool time for a picnic lunch at Miller Park. Enjoy a lakeside picnic at Ivy Creek Park.

Lynchburg's parks offer picnic tables and shelters and year-round family fun
Sandy Wallace

There are many picnic destinations within an hour's drive of Lynchburg, too. Take in the splendor of the mountain scenery with a Peaks of Otter picnic. Have fun in the sun with a picnic at Smith Mountain Lake or Holliday Lake. Load up the bikes and your lunch and hit the trails at High Bridge Trail State Park.

Pack sandwiches and chips, your family favorites or try something new. Here are some healthy snacks and beverages to pack for the perfect healthy picnic lunch.

With GoPicnic ready-to-eat meal kits, your picnic is ready in a snap. GoPicnic meal kits require no refrigeration or preparation; just open and enjoy. Kits contains no artificial colors or flavors, trans fat, high fructose corn syrup or added msg and all are under 500 calories. Be sure to try the gluten-free, vegan and kosher meal kits too.

Your favorite dips will taste even better on a Primizie. These premiere crispbread chips are all-natural with no cholesterol or trans fats. Primizie is great paired with a dip/cheese or simply on its own. Flavors come in non-gmo, rBST-free, vegan and vegetarian.

Choose your favorite flavors of Krave Jerky to bring along on your picnic. Eight all-natural flavors of pork, turkey and beef jerky include Basil Citrus Turkey, Lemon Garlic Turkey, Black Cherry Barbecue Pork, Chili Lime Beef, Garlic Chili Pepper Beef, Sweet Chipotle Beef, Grilled Sweet Teriyaki Pork and Pineapple Orange Pork. Enjoy all the benefits of meat in a convenient, portable and high-protein snack.

Every picnic lunch needs beverages. Sweet Leaf Tea will satisfy your thirst. The organic and all-natural black teas, created with no artificial ingredients, will keep you hydrated and satisfy your sweet tooth. Using signature homemade recipes, Sweet Leaf Tea is available in a variety of tasty and refreshing flavors.

Enjoy Taste Nirvana Real Coconut Water while playing or laying out in the sun. It tastes great and is full of electrolytes to help replenish the body of lost nutrients.

It's summertime and the great outdoors is calling your family. Pack a healthy picnic lunch and find your place in the sun in Central Virginia during National Picnic Month.