Healthy Picnic Lunch!

On those nice hot summer days it’s sometimes hard to get our kids inside for lunch – so why not plan an easy outdoor picnic at your local park or even in your own backyard!  As with all meals make fruits and veggies the main focus of your meal and be sure to include a healthy protein as well.  Serving them in fun and creative ways can add to the excitement of the picnic!

Try these fun and easy stackable sandwich kabobs for your next picnic.  The key to making a sandwich healthy for your little ones is to make sure:

  • You are using 100% whole grain bread
  • You include a protein (if using deli meat, watch for sodium content, or cut your own from a home cooked turkey)
    • Good proteins include: Eggs, Cheese, Peanut butter or other nut butters, meat, a bean spread like hummus, etc.
  • Include fruits or vegetables cut into fun shapes
    • Some of our sandwich favorites are: Cucumbers, lettuce or spinach, tomatoes, bell pepper slices and thinly sliced apple or pear.

If travelling to the local park be sure to throw in some icepacks to keep cold foods cold.  At Kids Eat Smart Foundation we love to see how you and your family will eat smart this summer!  Share a picture of you and your kids eating smart and post on Facebook, twitter or Instagram use #ieatsmartNL.

Recipe & Image sourced from: http://www.superhealthykids.com/pack-able-sandwiches-on-a-stick/

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Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with the Kids Eat Smart Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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