What better way to bring family and friends together, then with a fun filled, delicious picnic?
With the warm weather that we’ve been having, it definitely feels like picnic time. It’s an opportunity for everyone to enjoy some nourishing food and spend quality time together. But where do you start? It’s easy to fall into the sandwich trap but your picnic could be much more exciting and nutritious if you allow a little bit of preparation time.
So think frittatas, pancakes, wraps, salads & chopped vegetables, falafels, hummus, dips, tasty healthy deserts.
Your children will bounce around with good energy, as the food will keep them fuller for longer instead of creating a sugar high, followed by a slump, from refined and processed foods and sweets and chocolates.
Here are some delicious recipes to help you have a healthy picnic that all generations will enjoy.
Chickpea pancakes – they are gluten free and using chickpea flour adds extra protein.
Fillings – roasted veg, avocado potato salad, chicken and salad, tuna, eggs, cucumber, salmon, crème fresh, cream cheese & smoked salmon
Kids can fill and wrap at picnic – interactive
- Falafel – These are made with sweet potato (more appealing to kids) and they are gluten free
- Big Green Frittata – very simple to put together, healthy protein, veg and herbs, easy to slice
- Spouting super salad, Jamie Oliver – powerful nutrients
- Avocado Potato Salad
- Cashew & Sesame Quinoa
- Simple Green Salad with Fruity Vinaigrette
- Fresh Chopped Vegetables
- Chocolate Hazelnut Balls
- Orange Jaffa Balls
Here are some key tips to ensure the whole family has a great day out. Preparation is key when planning a day out with all the family. Try these ideas for your picnic, accessories and games for everyone to enjoy!
- Choose your location wisely
Head out to a lovely grassy spot making sure you have plenty of room to spread your party out and lots of room for the kids to run around.
- Don’t forget to be comfortable
Sitting on the ground for a while can get slightly uncomfortable so pack wisely! You can take some deck chairs to recline on and thick picnic blanket to spread your food out on. A few cushions will make the day comfier and make it a positively relaxing day of food in the sun!
- Pack your picnic basket with care
Get hold of a cool box to pack your delicious picnic in or use a roomy hamper. Ensure to place heavy solid items at the bottom and lighter foods at the top.
- Games for all the family
Lounging around with a picnic does sound like a pretty ideal way to spend a sunny day, but children always need entertaining. Here is a link to some great outdoors games for all the family to enjoy https://www.care.com/c/stories/3948/beyond-red-rover-the-top-10-picnic-games-for/
- Stay hydrated
Be sure to bring plenty of water for all the family and stay hydrated. Mix things up by making different flavoured infused water. You can use anything from cucumber and lemon to ginger and orange. The flavour combinations are endless.