Portable 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!  (If the weather doesn’t cooperate move your picnic inside and set up your picnic in the family room.  The kids will love it! ) 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 your kids 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 foods cold.

portable picnic

Image sourced from: http://www.meetthedubiens.com/2013/12/cute-lunch-idea-sandwich-on-a-stick.html

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.

 

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