having a hard time getting the kids to eat healthy in the heat? Check out these 5 healthy summer meals that they will love!
As parents, we all know the importance of teaching our children how to eat right. But during summer, a lot of guidelines seem to slide, including eating healthy. Sugary popsicles, ice cream, chips and soda are more common than healthy summer meals during the hot months. Get your child to eat healthy by providing them with delicious alternatives to junk food and preparing summer meals that they will love.
5 Healthy Summer Meals for Kids
If you are looking for quick and easy, just throw together some fruit on a plate! Include grapes, kiwi, oranges, grapefruit, cantaloupe and watermelon. If your children are young, you can even arrange them in happy faces.
Summer recipes for kids that are healthy, will fill them up and tastes great are smoothies. There are so many different flavors and combinations that you can make that they will never get bored. You can even have them help make them, which will add to the fun. This is one of those summer meals that is filling so they won’t be hungry until dinner. If you need help getting started, a great website to find smoothies along with reviews is Allrecipes.
I know most kids aren’t crazy about salads, but if you include ingredients they love and make it fun, they just might give them a try. My kids love pasta salad and to make it healthier, I use whole wheat pasta. I add peas, grated carrots and finely diced peppers to mine.
This isn’t a meal, but does make a quick and easy snack for kids. Simply take a slice of ham and roll up with a cheese slice. These are great for BBQ’s, family picnics or when kids just want to grab something and go.
Junk Food Substitutions
Another way to get your kids to eat healthy summer meals is to replace junk food with something else. Instead of buying chips, make them yourself with kale. If they want cupcakes, make muffins with real berries. Whole wheat crackers with flaxseed can replace cookies and instead of traditional fried chicken, coat it with ground up cereal, like Cheerios.
While it seems that convenience and junk foods are easier, healthy can be simple and quick, too. If your child happens to be a picky eater, there are a lot of ways you can encourage them to eat healthy by hiding vegetables in their food, making it look fun or having them help prepare delicious summer meals.
Ham Photo Credit: MorgueFile.