July/August 2012: Late Summer Recipes

I hope you are having a wonderful, relaxing summer.  Days at the beach, evenings at the park, whatever your favorite summer activities are.  This month’s newsletter is another simple list of ideas of great recipe ideas you might want to try with your kids this time of year.  I hope you are having fun going with the flow and keeping things simple—that is my mantra right now.  Have a wonderful summer of healthy eating!  I’ll be back in touch in September.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these recipes:

Summer on a Stick – I can’t tell you how many people told me that this post (from June of 2010 with guest author and Registered Dietician, Jodi Balis) really helped to amp up their kids’ consumption of fruits and veggies.  The post is just inspiration—you can be really creative in making your own fruit and veggie kabobs with anything you like!  Just remember to clip the ends of the sticks to make them blunt (not sharp) for little kids.  For youngest kids, cocktail straws can be used instead of skewers.   Safety first!
Spring/Summer Rolls –  It is hiking season here in Sun Valley, and I’m always looking for a way to make healthy and delicious food portable.  Throw some spring rolls along with an ice pack into your backpack.  You will look forward to your picnic lunch. These are elegant enough to work for a dinner party, as well!  Thank you to my wonderful neighbors, Ken and Donna, for sharing this recipe!
Milk Soaked Steel Cut Oats – This recipe comes from Registered Dietician Heather Sullivan of Nurture, who blogs on Healthy Kids Ideas Exchange and bloggerspot under “Green and Plenty”.  I did not know that you can skip cooking steel cut oats but instead soak them overnight!  Heather has a dairy-free option, too, so check it out!
Dress Your Salad (Six Great Ideas) –  Don’t ruin your salad with bottled dressing! Try these easy and yummy ideas instead.  Thank you to nutritionist/yoga instructor/personal trainer Brenda Powell from Zenergy for her Goddess Mint dressing recipe!
No Bake Lasagna – I have the honor of sharing this light, raw and yummy recipe with you from best-selling author Beth Aldrich—don’t miss it!  You might love this recipe so much that you’ll have to check out her book, Real Moms Love to Eat.  See the bottom of the recipe post for more information.
Corn Avocado and Tomato Salad – This recipe is from my mom’s friend, Sue, who recently visited us in Sun Valley.  We ate like kings and queens during their visit!  Thanks Sue!
Roasted Beets – Another recipe from Sue, I am forever free of peeling raw beets.  Yea!
Raspberry Crumble Bars – I don’t want to leave you without some dessert ideas.  These raspberry bars from Julia Goodhouse are absolutely addicting, and they are a great way to use up any raspberries that might be overflowing from the garden or farmers markets.  Another (really quick and easy) idea is the Blueberry Crumble recipe from my wonderful mother-in-law, Terry.

Share this post with your friends by hitting the “Facebook” link at the bottom of the page (if you are a Facebook user).  Which recipes are your summer favorites?  Please include them in a “comment” below.  We’d love to hear from you!

And if you are still wanting more recipes, try the new search feature on the side bar of the Healthy Kids Ideas Exchange site.  Or refer back to the Summer Seasonal Eating post (with guest author and nutritionist Katherine Sumner) for more information on great foods to eat during these hot months.  I’ll be back in touch in September!  Happy, Happy Summer!


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Don’t forget to check out the recent posts on the Delicious and Nutritious, Green and Plenty and Wholesome Heart Blogs!

Delicious and Nutritious recipes are kid tested and range from breakfast to snacks.  We occassionally include a dessert as well –which we know is probably more delicous than it is nutrititiuos, but we feel that people need a sweet treat here and there.  We hope you are inspired by our ideas!

Green and Plenty:  presents the latest in nutrition, delicious and seasonal recipes, green design and wellness tips for the reader and her family.

Wholesome Heart:    includes delicious recipes, time-saving tips, and nutrition tidbits.


This column is for information only, and no part of its contents should be construed as medical advice, diagnosis, recommendation or endorsement by the author. You should always ask your physician for his or her recommendation before starting any new health-related activity.

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