It's finally that time of year, the weather is warm and nice (not really yet but fingers crossed soon). Its time to dust off your barbeque grills and unpack your summer gears. Yes my friends, after 10 or so months of winter, summer is finally here! And with summer comes a crazy busy schedule filled with family functions, festivals, backyard pool parties, and vacations. While it all sounds amazing, it is important to keep the foods we are feeding our children consistently healthy and delicious (not just delicious!).
Here are some proven tips that you may want to try!
- Substitute drinks with high sugar content, carbonation for a cool glass of infused water. Sugar is associated with a lot of health problems for children such as childhood obesity, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
- Pack diced fresh fruit in containers as a healthy snack along the way to wherever you are going! Something like cut up strawberries are a great source of fiber and other important nutrients. Other amazing options are banana oat cookies and raisins. These snacks contain a decent amount of iron that is needed to transport oxygen throughout their body; also they contain a natural sweetness that the children will enjoy.
- For that lovely BBQ menu chicken and fish is a very good meat because of its high protein which is responsible for repairing and building tissues. Kale chips, grilled sweet peppers, grilled pineapples are all some great side dishes.
- During the summer children might have a late night and morning but it’s very important that they don’t skip breakfast. This is hands down the most important meal of the day. A healthy nutritious breakfast will provide your children with the energy they need to not be cranky throughout the day.
- Including children in the preparation of food is a good way to get them excited about the coming meal and it’s a great bonding time. Allow the children the choice from two or three ingredients, and mix, cut and pour together to boost their confidence, self worth and give them a sense of accomplishment.
Here are some quick, easy and healthy recipes that our Alphabet Treehouse children drool over!
- Sweet Potato fries https://www.thekidscookmonday.org/recipe-items/sweet-potato-fries/
- Kale chips https://www.superhealthykids.com/recipes/kale-chips/
- Grilled turkey mini meatloaves https://www.watchwhatueat.com/grilled-turkey-mini-meatloaves/
- Grilled salmon with mango salsa https://thecookingjar.com/grilled-salmon-with-mango-salsa/
- Mini Grilled pizza http://www.kiddieliciouskitchen.com/mini-grilled-pizzas/
- Mini Burgers https://www.superhealthykids.com/recipes/baby-burgers-toddler-friendly-finger-food/