Summer is the perfect time to encourage healthy eating habits with your children. Many crops are in their peak season, and the abundance of fresh produce can make for deliciously healthy dishes kids will love. Offering children fun and nutritious food choices can help keep them focused, allow them to sleep better and achieve more in the classroom. Here are some tips to help you improve your summer grocery list:
- Aim for foods low in calories, fat, sodium, and carbs.
- Add more color. The best way to get the vitamins, minerals and nutrients you need is to eat a variety of colorful fruits and veggies.
- Swap unhealthy items for healthy alternatives such as whole grain bread for white bread, baked chips or nuts for potato chips, or flavored sparkling water for soda.
To help foster healthy eating at home, we’ve also gathered a few kid-friendly, healthy recipes and snack ideas that you and your child can make together.
- Kids’ Breakfast Recipes
- Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids
- Healthy Family Meals
- Healthy Recipes for Kids and Families
- Healthy Kids Recipes
- 11 Fun and Simple Recipes to Cook With Your Kids at Home
- Ants on a Log: Celery sticks (3), spread with peanut butter (⅓ tablespoon), top with raisins (2 per celery stick).
- Cream Cheese & Cucumber Chipwiches: Slice cucumber into chips (1 cup), spread lite cream cheese for each chip (3 tablespoons), top with another cucumber chip.
- Ham & Cheese Roll-ups: Spread thinly sliced deli meats with mustard. Layer with thinly sliced pieces of cheese and roll up.
- Lettuce Wraps: Fill a large lettuce leaf with either tuna, chicken, or egg salad (½ cup) and eat like a taco.
- Veggie Dunkers: Cut raw veggie sticks (mixture of carrot, cucumber, pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, celery, broccoli, cauliflower) (½ cup) and dip in salad dressing, salsa, or guacamole (2 tablespoons).
The Central Texas Food Bank has partnered with Austin Parks and Recreation, Foundation Communities and Austin YMCA to provide free, weekly meal packs for children ages 18 and under, through August 14. More information on the free summer meals can be found here. To find a meal site near you, visit centraltexasfoodbank.org.