Perfect Foods for Summer 15 YOUR KIDS WILL LOVE
The long, lazy days of summer are 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, swimming and biking, whether at summer camp or just around the neighborhood, has youngsters working up a hearty appetite.
Have some fun whipping up delicious and healthy (usually) meals and snacks to keep your family energized throughout their favorite time of year.
Sneak in some nice fresh tomato slices and crisp lettuce along with a whole wheat bun to up the healthy factor in this hot weather favorite.
Grills aren’t just for burgers and hot dogs! Flatbread pizza is an exciting grill entrée, and you can add your choice of toppings …
… from gooey mozzarella and homemade pizza sauce to mushrooms, meat, chicken or veggies. Get creative and have fun making pizza outdoors.
Hot dogs are just plain great, especially piled high with all the fixings. OK, so maybe ketchup isn’t really a vegetable …
… but you can always pair this summer favorite with a crispy salad or yummy fruit smoothie to up the nutritional factor.
Eat ‘em at the beach, at the ball game, anywhere you’re having summer fun.
Beloved burritos are the perfect summer meal. Kids love them, and it’s easy to cook up a big pot of beans and taco meat …
… add some shredded cheese and wrap up the whole delicious mess in a burrito roll to pop in the freezer for a quick and easy meal.
Pile up a colorful batch of colorful broccoli, carrots, sugar snap peas and sliced squash and watch it vanish before your very eyes.
Experiment by adding different grated veggies and dressings to see which most tickles your family’s fancy.
There’s something about stacking up barbecued chicken, steak and all kinds of veggie chunks on a skewer that gets kids all excited.
It’s kind of like roughing it, only in the back yard, and the grill makes everything just taste so much better.
In summer, there’s a certain allure to having a nutritious dinner that kids love all ready to go in the fridge.
Cook up a batch of spaghetti, toss with peanut butter, soy sauce, oil and some lightly toasted sesame seeds…
… and you have a steamy day dinner that just as delicious whether served hot or cold.
Not only do kids love ‘em, but they’re easy to pack for a picnic, for lunch at camp or to take along to the beach.
You can choose traditional meat, cheese, tomato and lettuce fillings or get creative and health-conscious by adding spinach, avocado or peppers.
Take it along to the beach, pack it for a snack at summer camp or bring it to munch on at an outdoor move or concert.
Summer is perfect for slipping some fresh strawberries, blueberries or peaches into morning favorites like pancakes and waffles.
Summer and slushies go together like hot dogs and hamburgers. Whip up your own with a batch of garden-fresh fruits…
… or let your kids have a hand in choosing the ingredients; you can always sneak in a bit of blended spinach if you like.
If your child’s been at summer camp, they’ll no doubt want to carry on the fine tradition of s’mores at home.
Who can resist the gooey combination of chocolate, marshmallow and sweet graham crackers?
Like a sweet, icy dream on a sweltering day, popsicles have been quenching and refreshing generations of kids – and adults - for decades.
Buy them at the store or make your own with a delicious and nutritious combo of everything from fresh juices to crushed berries and a bit of soda.