Planning your picnic in advance can gives you more time to enjoy your family and the great outdoors.
The sun is out, the grass is green, and the flowers are bursting with vibrant purples, pinks, reds and yellows. Spring and summer are the best time of year to celebrate the joys of being outside playing, eating and spending time on a family picnic!
Bringing tasty and nourishing foods can sometimes be a difficult task when trying to please all family members and friends. Therefore, flavor and advance food prep are key components to a successful outing. Following are some great tips and tricks to make your picnic a breeze!
Picnics can be fun and safe, if food safety is kept in mind. Bringing a small cooler for perishable items is the best place to start. Below are some general guidelines to ensure your picnic remains safe for the entire family:
Picnic outings are a great way to stay active as a family. With everything from beaches to playgrounds, visiting city, state or national parks can be a great way to stay active outside. Also, remember to bring some of your favorite toys, such as Frisbees and kites, for some added fun.
For more information on children's health and nutrition, make an appointment at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, where Well-Child Visits cost $20 for children under 18 in July-August 2015.
— By Selva Wohlgemuth, MS (‘14), Bastyr University 2014-15 dietetic intern
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