Eating outside in summer with the kids is a no brainer – a chance to get some fresh air, enjoy the sunshine and let the crumbs fall on the ground rather than the kitchen floor for once!
It’s easy to make a healthy picnic with a little bit of planning.
Here are some ideas to help you:
- Chop up some fresh veggies and serve them with a dip – cucumbers, carrots and red peppers are all good for scooping up a dip.
- If you want to make your own dip try our healthy hummus.
- Muffins don’t have to be sweet – try these savoury butternut squash muffins or check out the recipe video on our You Tube channel.
- Bring some fresh fruit – most kids love snacking on fruit – watermelon always goes down particularly well on a hot day.
- Have a go at making your own kale crisps.
- Picnic food doesn’t have to be cold – try heating up leftovers, putting them in a flask and bringing them along to a picnic. Pasta, rice, stews and soup can all be eaten on the go.
- Make a few salads and take them along in a Tupperware box. You might like this bean and corn salad or perhaps this ruby salad. Alternatively a pasta salad with your child’s favourite veggies in should go down well.
- Pastry is a handy way to serve up some veggies – veggie sausage rolls, empanadas, pasties, patties – make your own at home and freeze any leftovers for a future picnic or lunchbox.
- For a healthy sweet treat you could give these carrot cake energy balls a try – they’re fun to make with the kids too.
What did you end up taking to your healthy picnic? Let us see your pictures @living_platform on instagram or email them through to Helen.