With the Approach of Independence Day, the Ministry of Health Issues Recommendations for a Healthy Picnic ​The Nutrition Department in the Ministry of Health hereby publicizes recommendations for having a healthy picnic on Independence Day, as part of the policy of encouraging healthy conduct, in the public interest.

  • Purchase of food at authorized outlets only. It is recommended to buy food only from retailers with a valid business license.
  • It is recommended to prepare food in accordance with the required sanitary conditions, e.g. the use of one set of utensils for cutting and preparing fruits and vegetables, and a separate set of utensils for cutting and dealing with meat.
  • In is recommended to take heed of proper storage conditions for foods that tend to go bad quickly, like mayonnaise salad and tuna salad (and not leave them in the sun).
  • Food storage and separation between raw food and ready-to-serve food – It is recommended to store the foods in sealed containers, and to keep raw food (meat, poultry, fish) separate from ready-to-serve foods.
  • It is recommended to use separate picnic coolers and utensils (knife, cutting board) for raw food and for ready-to-serve foodstuffs. It is important to ensure that runoff from meat, poultry and fish and any other raw food do not contaminate the ready-to-serve foods (e.g. salads, fruit, vegetables).
  • Cooling of food – We recommend that you transfer the food from the refrigerator to the picnic coolers, with ice and/or ice packs, close to your time of departure. It is desirable to ensure that the picnic coolers are kept in a shaded, ventilated place at all times.
  • Selection of proper picnic site with good sanitary conditions – It is best to choose the location for your picnic in a proper picnic ground, enabling good sanitary conditions, including the availability of drinking water and garbage bins.
  • Maintenance of clean conditions during the event – Maintenance of clean conditions is important! It is recommended to wash hands and equipment when these come into contact with food.
  • During the entire picnic, it is important to eat the meat immediately after it comes off the grill, and to take ready-to-serve foods out of the picnic coolers immediately before beginning the meal. Important – Do not leave food products that require cooling outside and in the sun.

Caloric Values of some Foodstuffs

​Foodstuff / Unit size ​Serving size Caloric Value​
​One skewer of chicken/ turkey ​Five medium cuts (110 grams) ​160
​One pullet (chicken) skewer with onion and oil ​Approximately 130 grams per pullet ​270
​Beef/ turkey kebab ​A small unit (80 grams) ​230
​Beef hamburger patty ​Medium unit (100 grams) ​200
​Pita ​Medium unit (100 grams) ​250
​Cabbage / eggplant salad in mayonnaise ​Spoonful ​35
​Tahina salad ​Spoonful ​70
​Hummus salad ​Spoonful ​60
​Lettuce /carrot /tomato /pepper salads or mixed salad with a small amount of oil, lemon juice and spices ​150 grams ​60
​Seasonal fruit salad (with no added sugar) ​170 grams ​70-80


A number of ways to distinguish between fresh and processed meat:

Fresh meat characteristically contains little fluid, as compared to processed meat. Fresh meat also has a flexible texture, as compared to processed meat. Generally, for fresh meat, it is possible to “lock in the moisture” (sear) when cooking, while this is not possible for processed meat (due to excess fluid).
  • It is important to note the list of ingredients of processed meat
    An ingredient at the beginning of the list is present in a higher quantity than an ingredient that appears at the end of the list. This list helps to estimate the amounts of added vegetable fat and protein, which should be consumed in minimal amounts.
  • When preparing meat on the barbecue, it is recommended to include lean beef. Lean beef is a better source of iron, zinc and and other nutrients and does not have high fat content.
  • When preparing chicken and turkey, it is recommended to remove obvious fat in order to reduce the amount of fat.
  • When grilling on the barbecue, variety is recommended, with the grilling of various vegetables as well.
  • It is recommended to drink water rather than sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • It is recommended to prepare vegetable salads or sliced vegetables. Salads such as: tahina, hummus and mayonnaise salads are rich in calories; measured use of them is therefore recommended.
  • For dessert, it is recommended to serve seasonal fruits or a fruit salad without added sugar, instead of cakes, cookies and candy.