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Picnic ideas for kids

kids at_picnic_12_06_12Picnics can make for great fun, and are often cheaper than buying food when out and about. With National Picnic Week kicking off on 18th – 24th June, now’s the perfect time to get planning some alfresco dining.

What’s more, even the kids can get involved in putting together yummy snacks ideal for a picnic; a great way to introduce them to new – and healthy – snacks. Let them help pack the picnic basket and food and giving them more involvement in the preparatory stages, will mean they feel more included in the process, and thus more likely to enjoy the food they’ve helped get ready. Stuck for ideas? Try these:

Pizzas – Making these from scratch, again, helps the children get involved; although, don’t worry, there are some handy cheats for the base. You can use English muffins sliced in half to create mini pizzas, or tortilla wraps filled and then folded over as makeshift calzone-style pizzas. Let the kids decide what to pop on the pizza (making sure vegetables make an appearance), and eat cold at your picnic – delicious.

Veg – Cut a mixture of peppers, carrots and cucumber into small, easy-to-handle sticks. These can then be popped into individual tubs ready for eating at the picnic. Bring along some dips – hummus and salsa perhaps – and accompany with some low-fat crisps. Making eating a social thing will encourage the kids to dip both crisps and veg into the dips.

Jelly - This wobbly treat is a quick and simple dessert to whip up for a picnic, but why not ramp up the healthy factor by popping in some fruit into the mixture before setting? Adding fruit, which is the same flavour as the jelly, will make it more exciting and ensure the kids get one of their ‘five a day’ without even realising. 

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