Individuals and families all over the world, retreat to their backyards (and courtyards). While backyards can be pleasant all throughout the year, they are usually at their best in summer. To make the most out of your next backyard adventure, you are encouraged to think about what foods and beverages, you will have.
When most individuals think of backyards and food, a backyard barbeque often comes to mind. If you and your family are interested in having a backyard barbeque, you will need to decide on the foods in which you would like to prepare and cook. To get the children involved ask them for their suggestions, this will help to make sure that you have food that everyone will enjoy.
While many families have their own backyard barbeques, there are others who decide to turn their barbeque into a party. If you are interested in having a backyard barbeque party, you may have to purchase a large amount of meat and salads (or ask each family invited to bring along a salad/dish of party food. Whether you are cooking for your family or a large group of people, it may be a good idea to purchase your meats in bulk. Get to know your local butcher and what specials they have on offer, sometimes if you buy in bulk, your local butcher will give you a reduced price or check out the local supermarket. Get your meat fresh and then if you are unable to use all of the meat that you purchased, you should be able to use it on another occasion or for family friendly easy dinner meals.
In addition to meat for the BBQ, it is also important to consider side dishes. If you are having a large gathering, you may find it easier to purchase your side dishes pre-made. Pre-made side dishes, such as potato salads, coleslaw and fruit salads, are available for sale at most supermarkets. The only problem that you may find is that pre-made side dishes tend to be more expensive, when compared to preparing them yourself. Therefore, if you are looking to save money or if you only need a small amount of food, you may want to consider preparing your own side dishes. Or as suggested before, ask each invited family to contribute with a salad/side dish to share.
As previously mentioned, many families have a backyard barbeque party; however, not everyone does, especially all of the time. Whether you and your family are just interested in playing outside for a short period of time or you don’t wish to cook a large meal, it may still be a good idea to have a collection of snacks on hand. On hand snacks are ideal during the summertime, especially for those who are actively participating in a number of outdoor activities.
Dry snacks are ideal for a number of different backyard activities. Most dry snacks are easy to eat on the go and they rarely ever leave a mess, and usually don’t need refrigeration (an esky with ice bricks may suffice). The only downside to serving dry snacks is that so many are unhealthy. If you are looking for tasty, but healthy snacks, you may want to examine foods that are low in sugar or low in fat. These items may include, but should not be limited to, fruits, vegetables, sugar free cookies, or low salt chips. Despite what you or your family may believe, many of these healthy snacks are just as good as those that are filled with unhealthy sugar.
One important thing that you must consider, whether you have a BBQ or a snack, is water. Water is important, especially during the times when it is hot. Water, unlike many caffeinated beverages and sugary drinks, is a great way to stay hydrated and helps your general health. Unfortunately, without water many children and adults become dehydrated. Dehydration is a dangerous problem. That is why it is important to have water and other beverages on hand. In addition to traditional water, you or your family may also enjoy the taste of flavoured water. For many, flavoured water is a healthy, but tasty alternative to traditional drinking water. You could even try lemon slices an ice cubes in water as a cheaper option to buying flavoured water.
With the above mentioned tips and suggestions in mind, you and your family are sure to have a fun backyard experience, along with refreshing drinks, great food, and tasty snacks. Most of all enjoy your time outdoors as a family.