Fun and Nutritious: Natural Healthy Summer Recipes for Kids
Summer is the perfect time to introduce your kids to a variety of delicious and nutritious foods that will keep them energized and healthy. With an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, and vibrant flavors available, it's an opportune moment to create colorful and enticing meals. In this article, we'll share some Dr. Jill approved natural, kid-friendly summer recipes that are packed with nutrients and will delight their taste buds.
Fun and healthy treats for our kids (and us)!
Rainbow Fruit Skewers: Encourage your children to eat a rainbow of fruits with this fun and refreshing recipe. Help them assemble colorful fruit skewers using a mix of sliced strawberries, pineapple chunks, grapes, watermelon cubes, and blueberries. The vibrant colors and sweet flavors will make this a delightful summer treat.
Veggie Packed Pasta Salad: Combine the goodness of whole grains and an array of vegetables in a tasty pasta salad. Cook whole wheat pasta and let it cool. Add chopped cherry tomatoes, diced cucumbers, shredded carrots, bell peppers, and any other kid-approved veggies. Toss with a light vinaigrette made from olive oil, lemon juice, and herbs. It's a nutritious and flavorful dish for picnics or lunchtime.
Homemade Fruit Popsicles: Beat the summer heat with homemade fruit popsicles that are far healthier than store-bought alternatives. Blend together your kids' favorite fruits like strawberries, bananas, mangoes, or peaches with a splash of fruit juice or coconut water. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze them. These colorful and refreshing treats are packed with natural sweetness and nutrients.
Greek Yogurt Parfait: Create a simple and satisfying snack by layering Greek yogurt, fresh berries, and a sprinkle of granola in a clear glass or jar. The creamy yogurt provides protein, while the berries add vitamins and antioxidants. This parfait is a great way to encourage kids to eat their fruits while enjoying a delightful dessert-like treat.
Crunchy Veggie Wraps: Make nutritious wraps filled with crunchy vegetables and wholesome spreads. Take whole-grain tortillas and spread them with hummus, avocado, or cream cheese. Fill them with a mix of colorful veggies such as shredded carrots, cucumber slices, bell peppers, and lettuce. Roll them up tightly and slice into bite-sized pieces for a satisfying and wholesome snack.
Watermelon Pizza: Transform a summer favorite into a creative and healthy dessert. Cut a thick round slice of watermelon and use it as the base. Spread a layer of Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt on top and let your kids get creative by adding their favorite fruits as toppings. Sliced strawberries, kiwi, blueberries, and shredded coconut are great choices. Slice the watermelon pizza into wedges and enjoy this refreshing treat together.
Smoothie Bowls: Blend together a variety of fruits, a splash of plant-based milk, and a handful of leafy greens to create a nutrient-packed smoothie. Pour the smoothie into bowls and let your kids top them with their favorite toppings like sliced bananas, berries, granola, and chia seeds. Smoothie bowls are not only delicious but also offer a visually appealing and nutritious way to start the day.
With these natural healthy summer recipes for kids, you can introduce your little ones to a world of nutritious and flavorful foods. Encourage them to be adventurous with colorful fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other wholesome ingredients. By involving your kids in the preparation and presentation of these tasty creations, you can foster a love for nutritious eating while enjoying the delights of summer together.
About Dr. Jill Johnson: Dr. Jill Johnson, ND is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and is the owner of Blue Earth Medicine, located in Bothell, WA. Dr. Jill is currently accepting new patients and most insurance plans. Book an appointment or free 15-minute exploratory call by visiting www.blueearthmedicine.com