Health Tip: Treat a Toddler to a Picnic

And make healthy eating fun

(HealthDay News) -- If your child balks at sitting at the table, why not take it on the road? Treating your toddler to a picnic can encourage healthier eating and outdoor activity.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions:

  • Don't worry about planning a long car trip -- a picnic in the backyard, or the living room floor (during bad weather) will do fine.
  • Cut sandwiches into fun shapes, or decorate them with a face from fruits or veggies.
  • Make a meal out of an array of fresh fruits and veggies, and serve them with some dip.
  • Offer plenty of fluids, but stick to cold water with a few slices of fruit in it to add flavor without sugar and empty calories.
  • If you are driving to your picnic, make sure all perishables are packed in a cooler.
  • Plan lots of fun activities to keep your child happy, laughing and moving. Schedule a game of duck-duck-goose, tag or kickball well after lunch.
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