Planning a picnic? Keep the food colourful, healthy and nutritious with these deliciously healthy picnic ideas that the whole family can enjoy.
As a family we love a good picnic. The kids enjoy the novelty of eating everything with their hands.
And as a parent I like the novelty of shaking out the picnic rug and not having to clear the table!
Whether we're on the beach, in the park, or even just in the garden a picnic lunch or tea suits us all.
Keeping things healthy at a picnic
It can be tricky to make sure that the food stays healthy at a picnic. I've been amazed at just how many crisps, cakes and biscuits my kids can put away at a picnic.
Here are a few tips I've learnt over the years to keep things healthier.
- Bring lots of fresh fruit and veg - choose things you know your kids like.
- Think about what you really want your kids to eat - if it's the vegetable sticks and hummus, or the sandwiches, put them out first.
- Keep the sweet things in the picnic basket or bag until they've had some savoury food.
- Make a few homemade things. If you're making things from scratch then you know exactly what's in them.
Healthy picnic ideas for kids
These recipes are all vegetarian and mostly vegan or easily adapted to be so.