Food: Family picnic ideas

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Finally the sun seems to be paying us more regular visits and our summer wardrobe is out. That means it is definitely the weather for picnics. So for my first Round-up as BritMums Food Editor I wanted to share with you some tasty picnic recipes I have found on blogs this month. I am a big fan of making picnics as healthy as possible and shared a few tips on my own blog of how to make your picnic Slimming World friendly. Not because it has to be boring but because then you can have ice-cream with less guilt!

Whether you have toddlers or teenagers there is always somewhere nice to go for a picnic. National Trust properties like Moreton Hall have beautiful gardens. By taking a picnic you can make your visit there a full day out. The seaside is always a lovely place for a picnic too if you can avoid eating sand! Whether you take a full picnic hamper or just a carrier bag with some snacks in a family picnic is what summer is all about.

A vegan, gluten free or dairy free picnic

If you are making a gluten free picnic I found a Probiotic vegan potato salad recipe over on A Balanced Belly which is also dairy free and soy free and looks so tasty. For other great gluten free ideas I found that Craft with Cartwright has a whole selection of them here. It just shows how making food for someone with an allergy or intolerance doesn’t have to be too difficult. 

There are so many more vegan ideas out there than there used to be. Whilst I am vegetarian I do love to try to eat more vegan options with a view to potentially becoming vegan in the future. I reviewed some energy balls not long ago. The Energy Ball recipe kits are vegan and perfect for taking out as a snack if you don’t want to take a full picnic. Be warned though, once you start eating them you wont want to stop! This vegan tabbouleh salad looks so good too. If you take it with you don’t forget your fork though, I am always doing that sort of thing. These vegan sausage rolls are really cheap to make and are definitely worth a try too.

A Healthy Picnic

Picnics don’t have to be all salad though even if you are on a diet. These eggs in ham sound great as does this four bean salad and these ham, cheese and pepper pasties all so easy to make. Wraps are a great alternative to sandwiches too as they are less likely to go soggy and get squashed at the bottom of the picnic basket. Chicken and Tzatziki wraps could be a hit with adults and children alike. Young babies who are weaning could have easy meals too such as these Pea and sweetcorn fritters I found over on the Oddhogg blog. If you fancied all the family having similar my sweetcorn fritter recipe would be a similar option for adults.

Unusual Picnic additions

Have you ever had a pizza or pie on a picnic? Probably not as they don’t tend to transport well do they? As popular dishes though I have hunted you down some good picnic friendly recipes so you can enjoy them too! If you are meeting others for a picnic you want to take something different others will not have brought. There are only so many sandwiches anyone can eat! Mini tortilla crust pizzas and creamy chicken, leek and spinach puff pastry pies are great for little hands as well as adults and will go down a treat. Other unusual but tasty choices could be Feta and pepper savoury muffins, Potato pancakes or Turkey and cranberry picnic pie! Scones can be a nice addition to a picnic, you could even have them filled instead of bread for sandwiches. Cheese scones are perfect for this.

Something sweet for the picnic

Do you take anything sweet for your picnic or do you prefer to buy ice-cream? I love a good 99 from an ice-cream van though did find you some good sweet recipes in case you are picnicking somewhere without an ice-cream van, don’t like ice-cream or just want an extra sweet tasty treat. Cookies are easy to make and tend to transport well so I was impressed to find these really yummy looking peanut butter and dark chocolate cookies. Alternatively what about chocolate chip and orange muffins, lime shortbread or chocolate cake squares? Just be careful to pack them with ice blocks or frozen water bottles so they don’t go warm and sticky!

If you are travelling a long way for your day out then remember to pack something else for the journey like these healthy brownies. I say healthy, they are probably still not that great but healthier than the usual brownies and that counts right? If you forget to pack anything for the journey you could end up eating all your lovely picnic on the way there!

What foods do you take on a picnic? Do you try to opt for healthier choices or fill your cool box with cakes, crisps and shop bought sandwiches? Whatever you enjoy remember to pack plenty of drinks and stay hydrated. I hope the weather stays nice for everyone as next month I will be sharing a round-up of BBQ recipes. If you feel you have a great recipe you would like me to include drop me an email on [email protected].

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About Jen Mellor

Jen is a Food and Family lifestyle blogger with a passion for healthy living. Jen lost over 10 stone and shares the ups and downs of her continuing journey as she gains weight and then loses again! A mum to Ben, a gaming mad teenager and girlfriend to Stuart who also struggles with his weight. Jen loves to share anything related to being happy and healthy. As Food Round up editor Jen hopes to bring you food ideas with healthy choices and not so healthy choices as we all need our bad food days and life is for living!