During this month, we celebrate the first day of summer. The kids might be out of school (mine are), and it is time to get into that lazy mode of sleeping in a bit more and maybe getting a bit more sunshine during the day. You might be more active, so you need to stay hydrated and take in quality fuel/food. My cravings for food shift dramatically with the seasons, and at this time of year I find myself eating more fresh (raw) foods, salads, and lighter fare. You can endeavor to get your family menus in sync with nature by taking a look at two past Healthy Kids Ideas Exchange Newsletters, Spring Seasonal Eating (2009)and Summer Seasonal Eating (2010). There are many great recipes found in each of these articles, but I wanted to also point you to some new recipe favorites on the Healthy Kids Ideas Exchange recipe blogs and the Nurture Featured Recipe (monthly blog). Here are some great ideas to add to your family menu planning this time of year:
|Almond Pesto. A must have for salads, sandwiches, and eating with crunchy raw veggies.|
|Southwestern Salad. A great side dish or starting point for a full meal (just accompany with fish, steak, shrimp that you prepare on the grill). Always a crowd pleaser.|
|Another variation on the above recipe is Nurture’s Southwestern Salad. Tossed in a mildly spicy chipotle orange dressing, the salad makes a great meal by itself or as a side dish for any grilled or roasted meats. Please click here to view the full “Southwestern Salad” recipe (PDF).|
|Kale Salad. I’m obsessed with Kale! See also my Creamy Curry Kale salad, Crunchy Cabbage, Carrot and Kale Salad, and don’t miss the Kale Chips recipe in the Spring Seasonal recipes.|
|Chickpea Salad with Parsley, Lemon Tomatoes and Barley. This is a hearty but delicious salad that is a meal in and of itself. A Nurture recipe that is similar, yet with a different twist, is the Farro Salad with Chickpeas and Marinated Artichoke Hearts. I have heard people describe this recipe as their ultimate “go-to recipe” for a summer picnic.|
|Homemade Ice Cream. I couldn’t forget to include a dessert option. Don’t think that making your own ice cream is anything difficult! Believe me, your kids will help you with this recipe! If you want a dairy free option, Juliette’s Banana Soft Serve is a must-try!|
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Happy summer days!
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