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July 2018

6 Must-Haves for your Healthy Picnic Basket


Eating outdoors can be a special activity for children to take part in during the summer months. There’s something about the combination of fresh air and sitting on a picnic blanket in the grass with friends that makes for a great mealtime experience!

These healthy picnic basket suggestions and safety tips will help to make your upcoming picnic a walk in the park!

On the menu:

1. Pita and hummus

Try a fun flavour, like roasted red pepper

2. Alphabet pasta salad

Mix pasta, red and yellow pepper, green peas, and cheese in a light dressing

3. Protein-packed sandwiches

Try turkey, egg, or tuna salad


4. Melon ball kabobs

Line up balled honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon on a straw for a refreshing snack


5. Muffins

Try banana oatmeal, carrot, or pumpkin


6. Water

Encourage children to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water when they’re out in the sun!


Safety Tips for a Healthy Outing:

When planning a picnic, keeping packed foods safe in the warmer temperatures is extremely important. With a little advanced preparation, this can be easily managed.
  1. Prepare and pack perishable foods ahead of time and store them in the fridge until you are ready to leave, to keep temperatures safely at or below 4°C.
  2. Bring along two separate coolers; one for perishable foods and ice packs that should be kept closed until lunch time and another for non-perishable foods and drinks that can be opened and closed, as needed.
  3. When you arrive, keep coolers out of the sun. Perishable foods are safe to eat so long as they have not been left in the Temperature Danger Zone (4°C-60°C) for more than 2 hours, including preparation time. When in doubt, throw it out!

Author: Melissa Frankel, Registered Dietitian