Meal planning: summer picnics and road trips

Transcript - Meal planning – Summer Picnics and Road Trips

Transcript - Meal planning – Summer Picnics and Road Trips

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SUMMER PICNICS and ROAD TRIPS

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Zannat Reza, registered dietitian, accompanied by Christine Cushing, TV chef and author, are in a kitchen. We see Zannat Reza when she talks.

Zannat:
As part of our Eat Well campaign, we have a question from Lauralyn Chow of Calgary, Alberta: "What are good foods to have on hand to help me make quick, delicious and healthy food for a spontaneous picnic or road trip?" So what do you think Christine?

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What are good foods to have on hand to help me make quick, delicious and healthy food for a spontaneous picnic or road trip?
Lauralyn Chow
Calgary, Alberta

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We see Zannat and Christine in the kitchen. On the counter in front of them: watermelon, nuts, sandwiches in containers, crackers, and a picnic basket.

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Zannat Reza
Registered Dietitian
Christine Cushing
TV Chef and Author

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There is a large bowl with a mix of almonds, walnuts, seeds, apricots, slices of dried bananas, etc. Christine mixes all of that with a spoon and puts it in small snack containers.

Christine:
Trail mix, I think, is fantastic. It's both portable and it's filling, and the kids are gonna love it. And why I love to make it myself is, it's totally easy and in that way I can limit the amount of sugars that are in, let's say, the bananas or the apricots, things like cranberries. But I also choose unsalted nuts for that same reason: I wanna limit the salt. Walnuts, almonds, seeds. Amazing.

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Zoom out on Christine and Zannat.

Zannat:
Those are all awesome ideas. You know, my kids are always excited when it comes to making their own trail mix. They also love adding whole grain popcorn or whole grain cereal as well.

Christine:
Love the popcorn idea. I might come into your car next time for a road trip. It is. And I think the whole idea of the picnic, it's supposed to be spontaneous. The weather's great, you grab the kids, let's go for a drive. Not making it too fussy, so things that can be eaten by hand, I think and don't require cutlery. It's simple: go for it.

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Hand demo takes the cooling container and puts it in the basket followed by the containers filled with fruit and vegetables. We see on the counter pears, nectarines, bananas and watermelon slices. Zoom out on Christine and Zannat.

Zannat:
Absolutely. And you know, finger foods. I think that's a great rule to go by for a picnic. Umm, I like packing things like bite-size vegetables, or cherry tomatoes, cucumber coins, baby carrots, little cubes of cheese, umm whole grain mini pitas, hummus, tzatziki, even you know, easy-to-carry fruit like apples, pears, bananas. Again...

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Hand demo puts crackers and cheese cubes in a container and closes it. Another container is filled with tzatziki. Cut to a shot of the bananas and carrots being put in the basket. Zoom out to the two women continuing their discussion.

Christine: Tzatziki, now you're in my territory.

Zannat:... there you go!

Christine:
Yeah, but that. You mean, it's just about that, and I remember the memories of going on a picnic, and my dad always packing the big watermelon. He could pick the best watermelon, and then as kids, we would spit out the seeds. It was so much fun. And that's the point, it's got to be fun.

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We see the watermelon being cut in slices. Zoom out to the two women continuing their discussion.

Zannat:
Absolutely. And you know, watermelon on a hot summer day is perfect to keep yourself hydrated. And because it's summer, there's a bounty of fruits available as well.

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The sliced watermelon is put in a container. Zoom out to Zannat and Christine.

Christine: Come on!

Zannat: Think of like the strawberries, blueberries, blackberries. You know, go crazy.

Christine: Go berry-crazy!

Zannat: Go berry-crazy!

Christine:
Ok, so for more healthy summer eating tips, visit us at HealthyCanadians.gc.ca/EatWell

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Zannat: I can't wait…

Christine: I'm coming…

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