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 sandwichesTry turkey, egg, or tuna salad
4. Melon ball kabobsLine up balled honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon on a straw for a refreshing snack
Try banana oatmeal, carrot, or pumpkin
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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