Going on a picnic, having fun with friends, and sharing meals together is what every kid looks forward to. As the picnic season is about to approach, it’s time to start thinking of the snacks you would be packing for your kiddo. If your child is bored with those toasts and sandwiches, you need to make a change. Here are some interesting picnic food ideas you can consider making for your kid.
Banana-chocolate cakes are rich in fiber and carbohydrates. The cakes are sweet, healthy, and delicious enough to make kids happy on-the-go. Such cakes are also perfect as after school snacks. To make this cake, gather the ingredients including ripe bananas, butter, flour, caster sugar, chocolate chips, and eggs. Mix these ingredients and bake the batter at 180 degrees for 50 minutes or so. You can also swap chocolate chips with raisins. Some other picnic recipes like these include:
- Peanut Butter Banana Bread – Add salted peanuts along with some peanut butter in the recipe.
- Banana & Walnut Bread – Add chopped walnuts. If your kids love hazelnuts, add hazelnuts or experiment with pecans.
Kids love kebabs so how about packing chicken kebabs for the picnic? Kebabs can either be baked or grilled on the BBQ. Use a healthy marinade made of yogurt and seasonings for the chicken thighs and eventually cook the kebabs until golden. You can prepare the marinade with plain yogurt, cumin powder, chili flakes, garlic, cinnamon, salt, and lime juice. Make sure to marinate the chicken overnight and cook it the next day.
Chocolate Chip & Strawberry Muffins
If your kid loves strawberries and chocolate, make muffins with these ingredients. Also, add banana, yogurt, and oats in the muffins to make them extra nutritious. Make the muffins by blending the flour, oats, banana, egg, honey, yogurt, baking powder, soda, and vanilla. Add the chopped strawberries along with chocolate chips and then bake the batter for 22 minutes or so. Don’t forget to top the muffins with extra strawberries and chips before baking.
Tip: Other picnic food ideas you can consider are sweet corn muffins, blueberry muffins, and spinach & cheese muffins.
Strawberry Cream Cheese Sandwich
The cream cheese & strawberry combo works like a magic. Use strawberries and cream cheese to prepare sandwiches for your kiddos. Simply spread the cream cheese on the bread slices and top with chopped or sliced strawberries. Cover with more bread slices and cut the sandwiches in halves. You can also make a kiwi and cream cheese sandwich, mixed berry and cream cheese sandwich, and cucumber & cream cheese sandwiches.
Apple & Banana Brownies
Instead of regular brownies, let your kids enjoy something healthy like apple & banana brownies. Make dairy-free brownies by preparing batter with coconut oil, cocoa, bananas, apple sauce, honey, and vanilla. Add chopped or ground almonds and walnuts to make the brownies nutrient-dense. You can also rely on other healthy options such as pumpkin brownies, peanut butter brownies, and sweet potato brownies.
Vegetable Club Sandwich
Make a club sandwich full of your kid’s favorite vegetables and pack it for his picnic. Spread peanut butter or avocado spread on the bread and fill the slices with cucumbers, dried tomatoes, baby spinach, etc. Do not use cherry tomatoes as it will make the sandwich soggy. You can also add corn, spring onions, asparagus, broccoli, and bell peppers. To make the sandwich extra delicious and healthy, add smoked tofu. Cheese lovers can use mozzarella cheese slices instead of tofu.
Use these picnic food ideas for your kid’s upcoming trip. These healthy meal ideas are also ideal for toddlers!