The long, lazy days of summer are the perfect time for children to enjoy everything yummy from crispy garden-fresh veggies and fruits 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 tasty and wholesome (usually) foods and snacks to keep your family energized during their favourite 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 healthy factor in this hot weather favorite.
Grilled Flatbread Pizza
Grills are not just for hamburgers and hot dogs. Get creative and have fun making pizza outside.
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 element. Eat’em at the beach, at the ball game, anywhere you are having summer fun.
Beloved burritos are the perfect summer meal.
Veggies and Dip
What makes veggies irresistible to children? Pile up a colorful 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 a lot of kids. Experiment by adding different grated veggies and dressings to determine which most tickles your household’s fancy.
There’s something about piling up barbecued chicken, steak and all sorts of veggie balls on a skewer that gets kids all excited. It’s kind of like roughing it, only in the backyard, and the grill makes everything taste a lot better.
Cold Sesame Noodles
In summer, there is a certain allure to having a nutritious dinner that kids love all ready to go in the fridge.
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, lettuce and tomato 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 bite at summer camp or bring it on at an outdoor move or concert. 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 choosing the ingredients; you can always sneak in a bit of mixed spinach if you like.
The Fine Tradition of S’mores
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 blend 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 in the store or create your own with a tasty and nutritious combo of everything from fresh juices to crushed berries and a bit of soda.
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 everybody’s favorite summer food.