The long, lazy days of summer will be the perfect time for kids to enjoy everything yummy from crispy garden-fresh fruits and veggies to juicy burgers fresh off the grill and sinfully rich and chocolaty ice cream sundaes. All that running, playing, biking and swimming, whether at summer camp or just around the area, has youngsters working up a hearty appetite. Have some fun whipping up tasty and healthy (usually) foods and snacks to keep your family energized during their favorite time of year.
What would summer be without luscious burgers fresh off the grill? Sneak in some wonderful fresh tomato slices and lettuce along with a whole wheat bun to up the wholesome factor in this hot weather favorite.
Grilled Flatbread Pizza
Grills are not just for hamburgers and hot dogs. Flatbread pizza is an exciting barbecue entrée, and you can add your choice of toppings, from gooey mozzarella and homemade pizza sauce to mushrooms, poultry, meat or veggies.
OK, so maybe ketchup isn’t actually a vegetable, but you can always pair this summer favorite with a crispy salad or yummy fruit smoothie to up the nutritional element. Eat’em at the beach, at the ball game, anywhere you’re having summer fun.
Beloved burritos are the perfect summer meal.
Veggies and Dip
What makes vegetables irresistible to kids? Why, ranch dip of course. Pile up a vibrant batch of colorful broccoli, carrots, sugar snap peas and chopped squash and watch it vanish before your very eyes.
Crispy Cole Slaw
A picnic staple, coleslaw is also a favorite of lots of kids. Experiment by adding different grated veggies and dressings to determine which most tickles your household’s fancy.
There is something about stacking up barbecued chicken, steak and all sorts of veggie chunks on a skewer that gets kids all excited. It’s kind of like roughing it, just in the back yard, and the grill makes everything just taste a lot better.
Cold Sesame Noodles
In summer, there is a certain allure to getting a nutritious dinner that children love all ready to go in the fridge.
Not only do kids love’em, but they’re simple to pack for a picnic, for lunch at camp or to take along to the beach. You can select traditional meat, cheese, tomato and lettuce fillings or get creative and health-conscious with the addition of spinach, avocado or peppers.
Take it along to the beach, pack it for a snack at summer camp or bring it to munch on in an outdoor concert or move. Popcorn is a light and very healthy fiber-filled snack.
Summer is ideal for slipping some fresh strawberries, blueberries or peaches into morning favorites like pancakes and waffles.
Whip up your own using a batch of garden-fresh veggies, or let your children have a hand in picking the ingredients; you can always sneak in a bit of mixed spinach if you like.
If your child’s been at summer camp, they will no doubt want to carry on the fine tradition of s’mores in your home. Who can resist the gooey blend of chocolate, marshmallow and sweet graham crackers?
Just like a sweet, icy dream on a sweltering day, popsicles have been quenching and refreshing generations of children – and adults – for decades. Buy them at the store or make your own with a tasty and nutritious mix of everything from fresh juices to crushed berries and a little bit of soda.
We all Scream for…
Summer and ice cream go together so sweetly. From freshly made fruit flavors to sinfully rich chocolate, this all time favourite sunny day treat ranks high among the list of everyone’s favorite summer food.