Picnics with kids are always a lot of fun - but it's hard to keep the food nutritious and healthy. Here are some deliciously healthy picnic ideas to enjoy this summer.
Picnics are so much fun in summer
At the end of last week the sun had finally come out here in my corner of the world and we celebrated by meeting a friend in the park after school for a picnic tea.
The boys managed five minutes of playing football together before they noticed that Little Miss R had already tucked into her bagel and they came over to join her. It was 4.10pm. Rather early for tea but being at school on a hot day is hungry work!
What did I put in our picnic?
Their picnic tea included bagels, hardboiled eggs, crisps, crudités (ignored by my two of course) and hummus, strawberries and a packet of iced gems to share. Not a terrible effort, but hardly gourmet!
The weather has now turned again and today our coats were back on but I'm still hoping to have a lot more picnics over the summer - no floor to sweep up, or table to wipe gets my vote! Below I've collected together some recipe ideas from some of my favourite bloggers for a fruit and veg-heavy healthy picnic spread suitable for kids. Enjoy!
No picnic is complete without hummus and this child-friendly recipe from My Fussy Eater, which doesn't include any salt, looks like a really good option.
So easy to make, my pizza pinwheels disappear in minutes when I make them.
A banana bread with a twist, this delicious chocolate cake from Sally Akins would travel really well for a picnic spread. I don't reckon you'd bring much of it home with you though!
I haven't had much success getting my kids to eat quiches or tarts, but I don't think a picnic spread is complete without one. This one, from Eat Your Veg, includes lovely seasonal asparagus. Photo by Eat Your Veg.
Carrot jammy dodgers! What a great idea from Veggie Desserts. Biscuits are a good idea at a picnic, especially if you want to spend the whole afternoon in the park, for the kids to munch on when the inevitable cries of "I'm hungry" start again. And if they can be healthy and include a vegetable, even better.
Make your own vegetable samosa with this easy recipe. Using filo pastry makes samosa making a breeze. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
What do you like to include in a picnic spread? Do let me know in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you!