Monday, 1 June 2015

Fuss Free Picnic

Enjoy the great outdoors with these kid-friendly summer eating ideas

Paediasure shake offers expert tips for A fuss-free picnic

Summer is just around the corner which means it’s time to embrace the warmer weather and get outdoors! Why not head out into the garden or extend your hours in the park by packing a tasty picnic for some special family time in the sun?

Enjoying a meal outside can be great fun, however thinking up new ‘on-the-go’ dishes to keep the little ones happy can be tricky, especially if you have a child going through a fussy eating phase.  Do you worry that picnics mean packing unhealthy ‘convenience’ foods? Preparing simple, nutritious snacks that your fussy eater might enjoy doesn’t need to be time consuming and getting your children to help you out can be an enjoyable activity for all.

Helen Bond, Consultant Dietitian, provides her top five healthy picnic tips:

1.       Cutting raw vegetables into small child-friendly sticks can help them seem less daunting to a fussy palate. Serve them with something your child likes eating such as breadsticks or slices of wholemeal pitta bread and dips to encourage them to try a selection of foods from the plate

2.      Asking your children to help with food preparation is a great way to build their interest in new foods, textures and flavours. Pick up some wooden skewers and let your kids make their own food on sticks with a selection of bite-sized meats, cheese and vegetables for a balanced snack with plenty of variety

3.      If you struggle to get your child to eat fruit, try blending fruit with natural yogurt and freeze the mixture in ice lolly moulds overnight. Pack them in a freezer box before you go and enjoy a fun fruit smoothie lolly that tastes like a real treat

4.      If you fancy something more substantial but don’t have time to pull together a meal on the day of your trip, try cooking a little extra dinner the night before such as pasta which will taste just as delicious served cold in a salad the following day

5.      Include nutritious snacks such as dried fruit and nuts. Not only are they tasty and easy to pack, but you can combine your leftovers with any unwanted bread crusts and have fun feeding the ducks, birds or squirrels after your meal!

 Taking meals outside is a great way to add a bit of excitement to your family mealtime routine. Get your children to help pack the hamper with picnic essentials such as paper plates, cups and napkins to get them involved before the meal begins. If you’re concerned about your child getting all the nutrients they need, a PaediaSure Shake vanilla stick pack is a great back-up plan – it comes in a handy single serving sachet that you just mix with water. You can find them in larger Boots stores from July priced £1.25 or you can order them online at fussyeaters.co.uk.

PaediaSure Shake is a nutritionally complete and balanced shake to support your child through periods of fussy eating. Packed with vital nutrients (including protein, vitamins and minerals), it is specifically designed for children to ensure they are still getting all they need, even on those difficult days when they might not be eating a wide variety of healthy foods.

PaediaSure Shake is available in three yummy flavours: choose between chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. It’s available from most Boots stores nationwide and www.boots.com priced £10 for a 400g tin.

For more practical tips, check out www.fussyeaters.co.uk
or www.facebook.com/PaediaSureShake for a wealth of information and free resources for parents to help their children re-establish healthy eating habits.

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