Packing for Summer Picnics!

The key to packing a healthy picnic lunch is being prepared.  Think lots of fruits and veggies!  It doesn’t need to be complicated – it just takes a little prep work beforehand to get it together.  Wash and prep your fruits and veggies by slicing, chopping and placing in Tupperware containers.  You’ll also need a few ice packs to place in the picnic basket or lunch bag to keep things nice a cold.  The best thing is the kids will be so hungry they will gobble up pretty much anything you give them! Here a few simple ideas to pack for you next picnic:

Fruit:

  • Grapes
  • Cherries
  • Plums
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon wedges
  • Honeydew melon cubes
  • Cantaloupe cubes
  • Apple slices
  • Orange slices

Vegetables:

  • Carrot sticks
  • Celery sticks
  • Cucumber slices
  • Sliced peppers or mini bell peppers
  • Snap peas
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Baby radishes
  • Guacamole or hummus for dipping

Protein Foods:

  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Boiled Eggs

Whole Grains:

  • Whole grain crackers
  • Whole grain pita

Image and Recipe sourced from: http://www.eatingwell.com/article/290832/healthy-summer-picnic-ideas-to-pack-up-for-dinner-tonight/

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

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