15+ foodie ideas for your next picnic!

15+ foodie ideas for your next picnic!

It's National Picnic Week and the sun is finally shining, so we're filling up our diaries with plenty of outdoor activities, including our favourite - the humble picnic! Whether you are planning an after-school picnic at the park or a family foodie feast in the back garden, it's a great way to spend time with your tots.

“Picnics are a fabulous way of letting your little ones explore food in a relaxed and fun way. Lots of children, especially toddlers, love the novelty of eating in a new place and in a different way.  Picnics are also a great way to offer a nutritionally diverse meal to kids, across a range of different options. Incorporating big tastes and textures, alongside family favourites can be a great way to make the most of some fresh-aired eating (or even on the floor of your living room!).” - Lucy Upton, our Children's Dietitian.

We know that a supermarket sandwich and a packet of crisps doesn't always cut it, so scroll on for 15+ easy foodie ideas from Team Tots...

Pots for Tots snacks

15+ easy food ideas for your next picnic.

  • Rainbow vegetable sticks (cucumber, carrots red pepper, yellow pepper) with a protein-rich dip such as hummus.
  • Fruit skewers - we love watermelon, pineapple, kiwi and strawberries!
  • Mini chicken skewers or strips of halloumi cheese.
  • A big container of pasta salad - try using wholewheat or lentil pasta to mix things up, then add your sauce (we love pesto!) and a mix of veggies, shredded chicken or a tin of beans or lentils.
  • Oatcakes with cream cheese and cucumber.
  • Savoury egg muffins and fritter slices…
  • …Or keep things sweet with our Blueberry Mini Muffins or Apple & Cinnamon Mini Muffins.
  • Crackers with dips! Guacamole brings the green from outdoors, salsa can be used to make mini cracker pizzas with a sprinkle of cheese, and smooth nut butter mixed into yoghurt with some grated apple can be a great sweeter option, too.
  • Mini Banana or Mini Apple Pancakes - eat alone, sandwich them with nut butter, find a fun topping like yoghurt and mashed fruit or even pair them with a little ice cream.
  • Classic sausage rolls - why not try making your own at home?
  • A trail mix! Combine options like dried cereal pieces, dried fruit, nuts, pretzels, roasted chickpeas, crushed crackers and maybe even a few chocolate buttons. Remember to make sure this is age-appropriate!
  • The humble sandwich always goes down a treat. Find out our Children's Dietitian's favourite sandwich fillings here.
  • Watermelon slices
  • Homemade cheese straws
  • Mini flapjacks - make your own, or tuck into our Apple & Cinnamon Oat Bites!
Pots for Tots picnic ideas
We hope these ideas inspire your next picnic! If you take our snacks with you, make sure to share your picnic spreads on Instagram, tagging @pots_for_tots and #potsfortots.
Love, Team Pots for Tots x
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