Picnic food ideas for those heading out to spots around Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and areas all over South Africa will help to make the time a special one. It is quite easy to pack hamper with a portable lunch that’s brilliant and tasty for the whole family along with plenty of water to keep the little ones hydrated as they race around! Breadsticks and rice cakes are a good start, no need to worry about making fiddly sandwiches, these will provide the children with plenty of carbs to keep their energy levels up so that they can really enjoy themselves while playing.
Frozen bananas are a healthy picnic food idea that many people pack in their baskets as an alternative to ice cream or lollies. Pack them ready-frozen so that by the time you are ready to eat them they will have softened up a bit. Strawberries are another favourite for the kids and always associated with summer. Crammed with vitamin C, strawberries are a perfect addition to your basket of snacks and foods. Humous or cooked cold chicken are popular as well. Humous makes a great and tasty dip for carrots or bread sticks and cooked chicken fillets cut into strips are a healthy source of protein.
Babybel cheeses are the ideal bite-sized treat for you and the kids. They are a great source of calcium and come in their own wrapping. Alternatively, or in addition, hard-boiled eggs are great and also packed with nutrients such as vitamins A, B and D for immunity, energy and strong healthy bones. Carrots are good, so are cherry tomatoes, especially perfect for the little ones with little hands. Flapjack is a nice alternative to chocolate, especially in the summer as it won’t melt in the sun. Whatever you decide to take, make sure recipes remain simple, food basic yet tasty and healthy to make sure you get the most out of your picnic food and your day out at one of the popular places around South Africa.