Eating Right -- Fresh Summer Foods
Cookouts galore and a busy sports schedule may be keeping your family on the run this summer. Fortunately, an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables should make healthy eating on the go a breeze.
Berries and other fruit like peaches, plums, cherries and nectarines can add lots of flavor to typical breakfast food. Slice up some strawberries to add to a bowl of whole grain cereal. Fresh blueberries are delicious in pancake or waffle mix, or, if you're in a hurry, topping frozen whole grain waffles that can be hot out of the toaster in minutes. Kids especially love a fruit, yogurt and granola breakfast sundae, layered in a fancy cup.
Lunch and dinner
Burgers and hot dogs on the grill are kid (and parent) favorites all summer long. Try cooking up some lean ground turkey burgers topped with fresh lettuce and tomatoes. Mix it up with chicken or turkey dogs or grilled chicken breasts. And don't forget the veggies. With corn, squashes, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers in abundance at your local farmer's market, it should be easy to cook any of these healthy veggies on the grill with a little olive oil, salt and pepper for a delicious side dish.
When you bring home your fruit from the farmer’s market, cut it up right away and put it into snack-sized containers so little hands can grab a quick snack. Homemade popsicles are another flavorful summer treat. You can purchase popsicle molds at most grocery or department stores. Your kids will love filling them with fruit juice and chunks of fresh fruit, and the outcome will be healthier than the frozen treats you can buy at the store.