3 Easy Picnic Foods for Kids To Have Fun In The Sun
By Maria Sierra, La Cooquette. Maria Sierra is a paid spokesperson for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®
April showers came to the West Coast and left, and there’s no better way of celebrating the bright days ahead and the sweet smell of spring than by having some fun in the sun! If you have kids, enjoying the outdoors is easy: just make sure they have an area big enough to play and plenty of snack fuel. But what are the ideal outdoor snacks for kids on a beautiful day out?
If you are a parent, you know that going anywhere with young kids can be a crazy ordeal, and this usually makes people dismiss the idea of packing food because they’re tired of the same ol’ sandwich.
That’s why I’d love to share a couple of fun, easy snack recipes for kids that are fast to make and great for munching outdoors, even for adults, too.
1. Unicorn Bark
This is the perfect colorful sweet snack that won’t make you feel guilty if you let the kids have seconds. This bark is made out of greek yogurt, colored naturally with fruit and it’s super filling and refreshing! Pack each piece in between wax paper sheets and store them inside a cooler lunchbox for a refreshing picnic food for kids.
Unicorn Bark Ingredients (makes 3-4 servings)
• 1/2 cup blueberries
• 1 mango, diced
• 5 strawberries, chopped
• 1 + ½ cups nonfat Greek yogurt
• A bit of brown sugar or agave syrup to sweeten
1. Microwave each fruit individually in a bowl for 90 seconds (2 mins for the mango). Finish mashing up the fruit with a fork.
2. Add 5 tablespoons (or about ½ cup) of the yogurt to each bowl and mix well.
3. Add scattered spoons of each yogurt mix on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Freeze for at least 3 hours.
2. Elote Popcorn
Next, we have a street food staple with a tiwst.This Mexican-street-corn-flavored popcorn tastes just like the real thing! You can pop the popcorn kernels yourself or buy one of those microwavable bags, just make sure it’s flavorless. Then, all you gotta do is add the mixings! For a simple grab-and-go picnic food for kids, pack them in small bags (great for portion control!).
Elote Popcorn Ingredients (4 servings)
• 6 cups of unflavored popped popcorn
• 2 Tbsps of unsalted butter, melted
• 2 tsps of lime juice
• Chili and lime spicy seasoning, to taste
3. Watermelon Pizza
And fInally, the easiest outdoor snack idea for kids of the bunch: watermelon pizza pops! They are the perfect excuse to eat fruits in a fun way. You just spread melted white chocolate on top and quickly add the “pizza toppings,”which are pieces of colorful fruits such as kiwi, blueberries and mango.
Watermelon Pizza ingredients:
• Watermelon slices
• About ½ cup of white chocolate chips
• Sliced/diced fruit of your choice: strawberries, kiwi, blueberries, pineapple, mango
Other Essentials for Outdoor Adventures with Kids
No, it’s true, my 4-month-old can’t have these snacks yet, but she can still explore the outdoors! My husband and I love to search for activities outside the house to help our little Isabel learn more about the world around her. Besides bringing good food and water for ourselves, I always try to make sure I prepare for the following:
• The sun: Sunscreen - I try carrying sunglasses and a hat with me and use Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer® SPF 100+ FULLREACH™ Spray for myself and AVEENO® Baby CONTINUOUS PROTECTION® Sensitive Skin for my little one, due to her ultra sensitive skin.
• Isabelita’s new hobby, munching on everything: she seriously can’t take her hand out of her mouth and she drools... heavily! My essentials to combat this include cotton bibs, two burp cloths, and JOHNSON’S® hand & face wipes which are awesome to clean, not only her hands, but also the toys she plays with.
• The surface: I carry an extra blanket just in case our picnic blanket does not have enough cushion for little Isa’s soft body. That way, she can do tummy time wherever!
• Any misfortunes/accidents: I always bring a small baby first-aid kit with me and some BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages.
• Capturing great memories: an extra phone battery is a must, especially after I go through thousands of photos to immortalize every single new thing my baby does.
No matter where you go, don’t forget to relax and enjoy your time outdoors! What do you pack?
In collaboration with National 4-H Council. Visit 4-H.org for more tips, ideas and activities for the entire family.
Maria Sierra is a paid spokesperson for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®
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