Packing to go for a family day out this summer needn’t be stressful especially when it comes to snacks, picnics and packed lunches.
The Great British Summer is upon us and that means long family days out exploring and enjoying the great outdoors! Family days out mean one thing – picnics! But what do you pack to make it exciting for the kids whilst staying healthy? We’ve got you covered!
Days out at Diggerland are packed full of fun for the little ones (and adults!) so keeping the food exciting is important too!
Packing snacks for a family day out needn’t be a chore. It’s time to think past shop-bought sausage rolls and cakes and try making them yourself at home. These healthy ideas don’t take long and are a much healthier snack or light lunch for long days out – and cheaper too!
Make it a fun occasion and get the kids involved in the food prep ahead of time, that way they will be more excited when it comes to eating it.
We’re all guilty of buying crisps and chocolate when we are out as soon as hunger strikes. However, these quick creations and forward planning will not only be healthier but will prevent temptation and save you money too!
Lunchtime creations for the whole Family!
Think light lunches that can be easily carried around with you or stored in the car in a cool box. These delicious quick creations are easy to make and will be enjoyed by even the fussiest of eaters.
Stuffed mini pitta breads
Make some delicious falafels at home using chickpeas, coriander and morrocan spices – they are quick are easy to make and are super healthy too. (If you want to save time you can buy ready-made falafels from most places.)
To create simply stuff falafels in wholemeal pittas along with spinach, hummus and cucumber for a super tasty lunch that can be enjoyed on the go.
Cook up some wholesome brown rice and leave to cool. Dice up some peppers, salad leaves, spring onion, cucumber and radish and mix into the rice. Squeeze lemon juice over the rice salad and mix together – easy and healthy!
Penne vegetable pasta salad
Pasta takes hardly any time at all to cook and can be enjoyed in so many ways. Whilst a pan of pasta is cooking, saute courgettes, onions, mushrooms and red pepper. Once cooked add a can of chopped tomatoes and tomato puree to create a thick tomato sauce. Once the pasta is cooked, drain, add to the sauce and stir well to combine.
Tortilla contains an abundance of healthy ingredients – eggs, vegetables and potatoes. Make ahead of time and enjoy sliced and cold – great finger food and the kids will love it!
Healthy snacks on Family Adventures
Snacks are made to be carried around with you to prevent the need for buying food on the go. These light and yummy snack ideas will keep it exciting and healthy.
Hummus and crudites
If your little ones struggle to eat vegetables, try packing them little individual pots of raw vegetables such as carrots, cucumber and pepper along with some tasty hummus and say that they can’t have anything sweet until the pots are empty – works every time! Hummus is easy to make and can be adapted to create flavours that the family will love. All you need is chickpeas, tahini, lemon, garlic, a touch of olive oil and a pinch of salt – add all of the ingredients to a blender and whizz up until thick and smooth.
Muffins are super easy to make and is an easy way of disguising vegetables (or fruits). Make these ahead of time for a delicious and satisfying snack on the go.
Cheese and apple skewers
Super easy to do – simply cut cheese and apples into cubes and thread them onto cocktail sticks alternating as you do.
For that sweet tooth…
We all get a sweet tooth in the afternoon so it is a great idea to have an abundance of sweet treats at hand for the family. Think fresh fruits, dried fruits and snack bars to satisfy those cravings.
Skewer chopped strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and mango (or any of your favourite fruits) and lightly drizzle with melted dark chocolate.
Apple with almond butter dip
Prepare individual pots of sliced apples and almond butter for a healthy snack that is high in protein. Tip: squeeze lemon juice over the apple to prevent it from browning.
Dried fruits, nuts and seeds
Create your own trail mix with a selection of your favourite dried fruits, seeds, nuts and a few dark chocolate drops. A combination that works well is dried cranberries, almonds and pumpkin seeds.
Homemade granola bars
An easy way to combine a bunch of healthy ingredients – oats, honey, dried fruits, seeds and nuts. You can find an abundance of recipes online from no-bake creations to crunchy oven-bake versions!
Drinks – Easy refreshers for Family Days Out!
Don’t forget to pack plenty of water in reusable bottles for long days out. If your little ones struggle to drink water why not try these alternatives:
- Infuse water with slices of lemon for a natural flavour.
- Make your own sugar-free cordial with added ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and prepare some premixed bottles of water.
- Whizz up some homemade smoothies that taste like milkshake! Pop strawberries, yoghurt and milk into a blender and mix until a thick consistency is formed. Pour into bottles for an on the go healthy breakfast to kick start the day.
There are so many ways you can make your family summer days out healthier – you just need a little time and forward planning. Kids love to get involved in the making of delicious food so why not make a day of it before your fun day out?
The ideas above are not only healthy but are super colourful making them exciting and nutritious to eat. Be sure to make family time enjoyable this summer and bask in long days outside with loved ones.
Be prepared with tasty, colourful food, fun activities and exciting adventures to keep the little ones entertained and make this summer one to remember!
This article was written by Donna Essex from Buy Whole Foods Online – your one stop shop for all things healthy. From dried fruit, nuts and seeds, to pasta, rice, herbs & spices. A family-run company in the heart of Kent with a passion for providing healthy, organic and wholesome foods at affordable prices.