2 healthy picnic lunches for kids

As a parent, there’s no such thing as a stress-free lunch. But picnics come close. These 2 easy-to-prep meals are delicious, healthy and travel well.

1) Pasta salad in a jam jar: a novelty way to eat 5-a-day.

What you’ll need: cucumber, cherry tomatoes, colourful peppers, cooked tenderstem broccoli and green beans, chicken (or tofu), cooked pasta (we used beetroot and spinach pasta)

What to do:
Chop everything up and ask your child to pop it in the jar – simple! You can mix it up or add it in layers. Don’t forget to pack a fork so they can dive in.

2) Say cheese! A fun alternative to sandwiches!

What you’ll need: bread, fruit (like fresh pineapple, apple, grapes or cherry tomatoes) plus a hard cheese like cheddar and cocktail sticks

What to do:

1. Cut the fruit and cheese into bite-size pieces (halve the grapes and cherry tomatoes). Meanwhile, your child can use safe scissors to cut the bread into squares.
2. Now thread each cocktail stick with a piece of bread, fruit and cheese.

When they’ve eaten, give them a fun challenge while you relax and let your food go down. Can they find something that’s white, green and then yellow?


Of course, you don’t have to be outside. Picnics are fun indoors on a rainy day!


And favourite teddies can join in, too!