via My Fussy Eater: As the school summer holidays loom here in the U.K., my thoughts have turned to “how on earth am I going to entertain the small person for an entire 6 weeks???”

Cue the planning of instagram worthy days out (will I ever learn that in reality our days out are never actually like this but instead always end with someone crying or needing first aid?!) and the crossing of fingers that it doesn’t rain for the entire six weeks!

With said days out planned I then start to tot up the cost and soon realise that days out with the small people can be really expensive, if on top of any entrance fees you might have to pay, you then have to add on lunch, drinks, treats and snacks so this summer where possible, I plan to take picnics on our days out to save some money and also avoid a last minute dash to the supermarket to buy all the sausage rolls in the land as soon as the sun makes an appearance!

Here’s my list of 25 of the Best Picnic Food for Kids!

Hidden Veggie Sausage Rolls

Delicious kid friendly sausage rolls packed with carrot and courgette. Everyone will love these Hidden Veggie Sausage Rolls!

Sweet Potato & Zucchini Healthy Strata Bake

If you’re looking for a way to increase the protein you’re giving the kids at either breakfast or lunch, this is the perfect way.

Broccoli & Cheese Frittata Fingers

These frittata fingers make the best finger food for baby led weaning and toddlers!

Avocado & Brown Rice Sushi Rolls

This recipe will have you making sushi in minutes. Best of all, it stores and transports really well, making it a great addition to kids’ lunch boxes and a great share plate at a picnic.

Child Friendly Hummus with Crudites

A child friendly hummus recipe served with crudites. Perfect as a snack or for summer picnics!

Apple Pie Yoghurt Dough Scrolls

Low in sugar and easy to make these apple pie yoghurt dough scrolls are a winner. Perfect for the lunchbox, they freeze well and are super portable. A sweet take on yoghurt dough!

Salmon, Cream Cheese & Spinach Pinwheels

Really easy to make and packed with nutritious ingredients, these Salmon Pinwheels make an excellent lunch for kids either at home or packed into a lunchbox!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Hummus

Picnics, play dates, or a friend’s get-together can all benefit from a batch of chocolate-chip cookie dough hummus!

Mason Jar Italian Sausage Pasta

A delicious Italian Pasta Salad recipe made with Debbie & Andrew’s Sausages. Its super easy to make and can be easily stored in a mason jar for picnics and lunches!

Healthy Strawberry Banana Bread

A delicious and easy Strawberry Banana Bread recipe, made a little healthier with no refined sugar. The perfect afternoon snack for hungry kids!

Sweet Potato Frittata Fingers

For a delicious, filling and healthy lunch try these Sweet Potato Frittata Slices. Super easy to make and perfect for the whole family!

Healthy Strawberry & Chocolate Chip Blender Muffins

These Healthy Strawberry & Chocolate Chip Muffins are packed full of oats, banana, greek yogurt and honey and take just a couple of minutes to whip up in a blender or food processor.

Savoury Carrot Flapjacks

Delicious savoury flapjacks packed full of carrots, cheese, nuts and seeds. A really great healthy snack for kids!

Lunchbox Spanish Omelette

Looking for lunchbox ideas beyond sandwiches? Try this Spanish Omelette packed full of veggies. It’s delicious hot or cold!

Cheese & Chive Chickpea Dip

A creamy and cheesy dip made with chickpea and packed full of protein! A great way to get kids to eat their veggies!

Cheesy Puff Pastry Stars

So easy to make with just three ingredients both adults and kids will love these Cheesy Puff Pastry Stars.

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

A healthier version of my kids’ favourite snack; Chocolate Chip Cookies! Made with wholemeal flour, oats and reduced sugar.

Macaroni Cheese Lunchbox Muffins

These Mac n Cheese Muffins (with peas!) are the perfect addition to a kids’ lunchbox.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Sandwich

A delicious and healthy lunch idea for kids. Wholemeal sandwiches filled with strawberries and cream cheese!

Spinach & Cheese Lunchbox Muffins

Delicious savoury muffins packed full of vegetables like spinach and peppers; perfect for a family lunch or a kids afternoon snack!

Kid-Friendly Pea Hummus

A quick and easy recipe for Pea Hummus. Makes a super healthy snack for kids and great for lunch boxes too.

Bacon, Cheese & Chive Egg Muffins

The whole family will love these delicious Egg Muffins packed with streaky bacon, cheddar cheese and chives!

Ham & Cheese Roll Ups

Delicious Ham & Cheese Roll Ups made with puff pastry. They make a lovely treat tea for the family or can even be eaten cold for lunch!

Healthy Apple & Banana Brownies

These delicious brownies are refined sugar free, instead sweetened with apple and banana and a little honey. They’re also packed with nutritious almonds and are gluten and dairy free!

Broccoli & Goats Cheese Muffins

Delicious and mild Broccoli & Goats Cheese Muffins, perfect for kids’ lunchboxes or to take out and about as a snack!

via Liv: We love going on picnics as a family. But this year, we decided to take it a step further and really make it into a fun outing by taking a bike ride to our picnic destination. And it’s become one of our favorite warm-weather outings.

We learned a few tips along the way that made it easier and more enjoyable; in case you’re thinking about packing up the family and food for your own picnic (I hope that you do!), here are some things that you may want to consider.

When to go

DO decide what you are looking for – a perfectly planned picnic with a day or two of prep, or a quick peanut butter & jelly sandwich and some fresh fruit before heading out. Both are great!

DON’T plan to go during the hottest hours of the day for two reasons: food spoilage and the whiny kid factor. I know you parents will thank me for this one.

DON’T forget to check the weather.

Where to go

DO pick a ride that’s suitable for your crew. Do you wish to take a long ride, or is the bike part just an appetizer for the main meal? Do you have younger riders, or experienced kids who can go the distance? Take all of these factors into consideration when making your decision.

DO pick a place that has public restrooms. Another one that I’m pretty sure you all will thank me for. Plus, restrooms are a handy place to rinse off your food storage containers before heading home.

What to pack

DO pack food in completely sealed containers. We like plastic containers that are completely leak-proof and ensure no unwanted liquids in your cooler.

DO bring finger foods that are easy to pick up and eat. But in the case that not everything is finger-friendly, DON’T forget to bring some reusable (or disposable) utensils.

DON’T bring food that needs to stay frozen or super cold. Or foods that could be squishy upon arrival.

DO freeze your water bottles before packing them. They can serve as ice packs to keep the food cold, and also be refreshing drinks upon arrival.

DON’T over pack. One of the best things about a picnic is that you enjoy the food while there, but don’t bring home a lot of leftovers.

DON’T forget the napkins. Bring extras in case of spills, or to wipe off/out utensils or containers if need be.

DO pack the baby wipes. These are incredible handy for messy hands, plates, etc.

DO pack the insect repellant if you are prone to pesky critters.

DO pack the sunscreen or apply before heading out the door. A sunburn post picnic can definitely put a negative spin on the outing for another time.

DON’T forget to pack a tablecloth if there will be picnic tables, or a blanket if you’ll be seated in the grass. We’re fans of covering up what other people leave behind on public picnic tables.

What to pack it in

DO think of your options with regards to riding. While a picnic basket is very picturesque, it’s not necessarily the most bike-friendly unless you have a rear rack that you could strap your basket onto.

DO consider backpacks for worry-free picnic transport. Just make sure to pack the heavier items on the bottom to avoid squished food.

DON’T hesitate to use multiple backpacks. I packed some of the heavier items in my backpack, but loaded up my kids’ packs with the utensils, a serving spoon, etc.

As some added inspiration, here is a sneak peek at a recipe from my 2nd book (coming soon!) that would make a great addition to your food lineup for your bike picnic:


Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: Less than 20 minutes
Bake Time: Less than 1 hour
Makes 1 loaf
Special tools needed: 5 x 9-inch loaf pan

1⁄2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted, plus more for greasing the pan
11⁄2 cups whole-wheat flour
11⁄2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1⁄3 cup pure maple syrup
3⁄4 cup raisins

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease a loaf pan with butter and set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
3. Using a fork, mix in the eggs, applesauce, melted butter, and syrup until well combined, taking care not to overmix. Gently fold in the raisins.
4. Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes.

Slice the bread with a serrated bread knife. For a perfect picnic addition, add cream cheese and cut into bite-size sandwiches!