It’s great to go out for a family picnic in the sunshine. The kids get to burn off energy, you get to relax in the Great British outdoors and it’s a really good way to get them to eat lots of different foods as you can make meal times fun. It’s important to make sure that any meal contains a balance of healthy and nutritious food to keep little one’s bones and teeth healthy. So here are some quick and easy healthy picnic alternatives which will keep your hygienist happy without compromising taste.
Healthy Picnic Food For Kids
- Fruits like melon, mango and papaya can be cut into funny figures using biscuit cutters. If it looks appealing they are more likely to eat it. The high vitamin C content helps prevent gum disease and supports bone growth.
- Chop up leftover fruits and blend them with milk to create delicious home-made fruit smoothies; a great way to smuggle vitamin C into the diets of the most fruit-resistant children.
- Make little tubs of plain yoghurt with chopped banana and other favourite fruits. Sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with honey if weaning them off sweet, sugary varieties. The calcium in the yoghurt will help build strong teeth.
- Stock up on little snack-sized packs of delicious, calcium-rich cheeses that are easy to stuff into a picnic hamper at short notice.
- Nuts make healthy alternatives to sweets. Go for raw nuts wherever possible for tissue-building protein, healthy fats, B vitamins, vitamin E, and essential minerals. Soak overnight in a bowl of water and rinse in the morning to make them easier for little ones to chew and digest.
- 6Swap starchy crisps and sticky sweets for crunchy, mineral-dense, raw kale chips which you can find in health food shops. The raw cacao-and-cinnamon variety tastes amazing!
- Instead of giving them sugary lollipops and ice cream on a hot day, put some fresh citrus segments or strawberries in the freezer and you’ve got refreshing fruit icicles.
- Hummus served with chopped carrots, broccoli and celery is nutritious and easy to prepare. The sesame seeds in hummus contain phosphorus and calcium for building strong teeth, and selenium is an important defence against mercury from amalgam fillings.
And finally when picnic-shopping in a supermarket aisle, always read the label and avoid ‘fat-free’ or ‘low-fat’ products as they tend to be high in sugar for added taste.
Have a great picnic!
—————–This is a sponsored post provided by James Christie of Ethicare Dental published in accordance with the information set out on my PR page.