Make it a Picnic!

Not wanting to cook on these gorgeous sunny days?  If you’re like most people, you rather spend the days at the park, beach or any place where you and your kids can take advantage of the sun!  When heading out for the day, although often rushed, you should try to take time to plan your snacks and meals for the day.

While it may seem easier to bring money to buy treats at the canteen, ice cream truck or favorite take-out, it can be just as easy to bring healthy snacks and meals for the day from home….with a little planning, of course! Don’t forget to bring your foods in an isolated cooler or cooler bag and add some ice packs to ensure it stays cool all day.

Snacks are a must on an outing, try some of these:  

  • Fresh fruit
  • Vegetables and dip
  • Yogurt tubes
  • Cheese cubes and crackers
  • Pita bread and hummus
  • Mini homemade muffins (bran, banana, blueberry, etc)

If you’re spending the day, you may want to prepare at least one meal. Keep in mind that you likely won’t have access to heat your meals, so pack foods that you can enjoy cold:

  • Sandwiches (add some chicken breast, eggs, peanut butter, etc)
  • Wraps (chicken, veggie, etc)
  • Homemade cold cut sub (use low sodium meats or fresh meats on a whole grain bun)
  • Salads (green, greek, pasta, etc)

*Don’t forget to stay hydrated, bring some water in thermal containers so it stays cold even in the sun!

Janel Genge is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador

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