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I love to get out and about during summer, parks, play places I hate having to buy food as its usually crappy at those places.<br><br>
Anyone got any great picnic ideas for picky eaters?<br>
Any strategies, equipment, links...I figure if I start thinking about it now I might be prepared for summer break!
 

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Ice chests ~ in all sizes!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Seriously, if you can get one on wheels, they are terrific. I will pack a large ice chest and put it in the back of my vehicle. Then I generally take along a smaller, more portable cooler (think about the size of a lunch box) and a few ice packs (you can freeze caro syrup in a ziploc baggie for a cheap and non-tox pack or freeze bottled water and you have it to drink later). I also freeze anything I can the night before and let it serve as additional cooling for the snacks (juice boxes, yogurt tubes, applesauce tubes, and grapes all freeze/defrost well).<br><br>
For example, when we go to the zoo. I put juice, yogurts, applesauces, lunch meat, and sliced cheese in the ice. I lay a towel over it and put sliced or pita bread, raisins, granola bars, pressed or whole fruit, and avacado (take a knife and a mini cutting board) at the top. When we get to the zoo, I toss a few smaller/snacky things in the lunch size box (juice boxes, yogurt, granola bars, etc). When it's lunch time, we head back out to the car and I'll either make sandwiches there or lug the ice chest to a picnic table in the nearby park. I let the DCs build their own sandwiches. Toss what's left over back in the car and we'll play a little longer or head back into the zoo.<br><br>
I'm looking forward to hearing other's ideas as well!!!!
 

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I recently invested in the laptop lunches system and I am totally loving it. It's pricey (I think $32 each) but I use up a lot of leftovers that would have gone to waste. We aren't vegan but the <a href="http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/</a> site is very inspirational and has great recipe ideas. She makes everything look so cute!
 

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I am not one of those super duper snacker moms. I do not plan, I scan the fridge, grab and go, usually in a grocery store bag, or thrown into the pool bag.<br><br>
I will typically grab the easy fruits (like bananas or grapes) and something with at least some protein. They sell cottage cheese in those mini yogurt six packs, and then there's the mini yogurt six packs, hunks of cheese if I don't have time to cube them, hardboiled eggs, nuts. Or I will bring a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Cheerios in a baggie. And bottled water.
 

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great ideas keep em comming.<br>
lap top lunches are expensive but worth it?
 

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Sunflower seeds<br>
Trail mix (the kind with the bits of chocolate is DD's favorite <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">)<br>
Sesame sticks<br>
Cashews<br>
cheerios<br>
Granola<br>
Dried apricots<br><br>
I don't know if you have a Whole foods or something similiar but we go in the aisle where you fill bags of of different foods and we load up on different snacks that i bring to park or whatever.
 
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