Summer in Cache Valley means spending time outdoors with your kids. Whether you’re at the park, beach, or on a road trip, it’s important to keep those tummies full of nutritious foods.
Most kids enjoy spending time in the kitchen, and research shows that involving and teaching them while they are young will put them on the course for a lifetime of healthy food choices, according to the American Dietetic Association. That’s why Cache Valley Family Magazine has joined forces with Lee’s Marketplace and Citrus Pear Dinners for a Kids Test Kitchen where kids get the chance to test healthy, delicious versions of kid-approved recipes that they can take home and share with their families. Try these healthy snack recipes with your kids!
Sparkling Summer Limeade
- 1/2 c. cold water
- 1/2 c. granulated sugar
- 1 c. fresh lime juice
- 1/2 c. honey
- 1 liter sparking water, chilled
- 1 c. frozen raspberries
In a juice pitcher, mix together cold water and sugar. Once dissolved, add lime juice and slowly stir in honey. Once blended well, pour in the sparking water. Add frozen raspberries and give it one more stir. Drink and enjoy this perfect, refreshing summer drink on a hot summer day!
Easy Fruit and Sandwich Kabobs
Eating healthy during the summer months, whether picnicking or just hanging out at home, doesn’t need to be complicated. It can be simple and fun especially when kids get involved. We love these two types of kabobs. They are easy and fun for kids to do and can be versatile to what you have on hand. Oh yeah, they are healthy too, but don’t tell.
Patriotic Fruit Kabobs
- 1 watermelon, cut into round slices
- Kabob sticks, long
- Star cookie cutter
Slice watermelon into round slices approximately 3/4 to 1-inch thick. Use cookie cutter to cut watermelon out into star shape. Slice 1 star watermelon onto the top of kabob with a trail of blueberries below.
- Whole wheat bread
- Peanut butter and jelly (or favorite sandwich toppings)
- Cookie cutter shape of choice
Make sandwich as desired. Use cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Alternate sandwich shapes and fruit on kabob. If doing a meat and cheese sandwich, you can substitute olives, cheese, or pickles for the fruit.
Join the fun! Kids who love cooking can join Citrus Pear Dinners for their ongoing kids classes. Visit citruspeardinners.com for more information and to register.
Would you like your child to participate in our next kids test kitchen? For a chance to participate, try these recipes at home and snap some photos while you’re at it. Share your experience on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #cvfmkidstestkitchen (make sure your account is public for us to be able to see it!) or message us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.