The Best Child Friendly Picnic Foods
As the sun comes out, it’s only natural that we want to spend more time outside. While kids are home for the summer holidays it can be difficult to think of activities for all the family; a picnic is a lovely way to spend time outside no matter your age. It’s cheaper than going to a restaurant, it’s an excuse to get some fresh air, and can help encourage kids to keep active! However, an important part of a picnic is planning. Making your own food allows you to save money and have more control over what’s available to you, yet planning healthy and interesting foods for kids can be difficult. In this article, we will share 8 kid-friendly foods to take on a picnic!
Sandwiches and Wraps
Sandwiches are a staple for any family outing, they’re easy to make, they travel well, and you don’t need any cutlery to eat them! Egg mayonnaise and lettuce, cheese and tomato, cucumber and cream cheese are all examples of healthy two-ingredient sandwiches that most children will love. The beauty of sandwiches is that you can choose what goes inside! Try different things and ask your children what they like.
How to make sandwiches more interesting - if you and your kids are bored of regular sandwiches there are few ways to switch it up. You can toast your sandwiches, use pitta bread or tortilla wraps, or cut them into fun shapes.
What is a bento box? A bento box is essentially a Japanese style packed lunch where a variety of dishes are fitted in. Bento boxes specifically for children are called ‘kyaraben’; these are lunches presented in fun shapes and characters while still being nutritionally balanced. If you decide to make a bento box make sure that you include all of the main elements: one half of the box should be carbs, ¼ of the box should be protein, and the remaining ¼ should be vegetables and fruits. For the protein, I recommend trying a Japanese style rolled omelette, know as Tamagoyaki, they are easy to make and commonly used in bento boxes. The combination of all these different food groups do not only make the meal healthy and balanced, but they also add a nice amount of colour that your children will love! There are plenty of videos on social media of people showing what they put in their bento boxes that can provide plenty of inspiration and get the creative juices flowing.
We all deserve a sweet treat once in a while, and a family day out in the sun is the perfect occasion. If it’s a hot, sunny day we want to keep the deserts simple and light.
Other things to keep in mind
If you plan on spending long amounts of time outside on a sunny day, it is essential that you and your child stay safe! Using sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, taking breaks in the shade, and wearing sun hats and sunglasses are all helpful ways to stay safe while having fun in the sun.