A nourishing picnic

A nourishing picnic

Spring is a wonderful time to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. 2020 has been a difficult year for socialising, so it’s understandable that friends and family are keen to spend time together.

Below are some picnic food ideas especially for people who are not eating enough and may have lost weight. Foods high in energy or protein (‘nourishing' foods) can help build strength and support recovery. A relaxing, social picnic may also help with appetite.

A nourishing picnic

Foods high in protein include red and white meat, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, dairy products and legumes.

High energy foods include cream and sour cream, butter, oil, avocado, mayonnaise, sugar and chocolate.

Creating a nourishing picnic is simple: aim to include foods that are high in protein and high in energy in your picnic basket. There are lots of these foods that make delicious picnic treats:

  • Sandwiches filled with cheese, meat or egg
  • Egg-based baked items like frittata or quiche
  • Pastries, pies and tarts
  • Cheese and crackers, nuts and dried fruit
  • Egg-based desserts such as custard or cheesecake
  • Nut-based desserts such as friands made with almond meal
  • Nourishing drinks such as smoothies or milkshakes
  • Hot drinks like coffee or hot chocolate made with full cream milk (these can be brought along in a thermos)

For more ideas, check out the High energy high protein factsheet in the Appetite for Life.

Keeping food safe

Food safety is always important, especially when heading outdoors in warmer weather. For more information on how to keep your food safe, see the Appetite for Life Food safety and Eating well at barbeques and picnics fact sheets.

Whether you are bringing people together through a day centre or a family event, it’s important to stay COVID-safe while sharing a meal together. For more information about how to prepare food safely in the time of coronavirus, see the Tasmanian coronavirus website.