20 Kid-Friendly (and Healthy!) Summer Recipes

by in Healthy Recipes, Kid-Friendly, July 13, 2013

peach smoothie
Although it’s easy to give into kids’ pleas for the same old not-so-healthy foods, parents and caregivers should provide a variety of dishes that will help kids grow and develop. Happily, summer offers a great opportunity to break away from the same old chicken nugget and mac-and-cheese routine. The season’s bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables make for deliciously healthy dishes kids will love. Here’s a sampling.

 

Breakfast

Peach Pie Smoothie (above)

Chocolate and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

Blueberry Whole Wheat Muffins

Snacks

Zucchini Snack Pizzas

Pepperoni Pizza Wrap

Guacamole

Berry Pizza

Mains

Pizza Pockets

Juicy Grilled Cheeseburgers

Spiced Chicken and Grape Skewers

Cold Peanut Soba Noodles with Chicken

Sides & Salads

Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob

Broccoli Salad

American Macaroni Salad

Rainbows and Butterflies Pasta Salad

Dessert

Rainbow Skewers with Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Italian Ice Pops

Fresh Fruit Salad

Peaches and Cream

Banana Ice Cream

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »

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Comments (3)

  1. Foodie3 says:

    IMO children should eat what is served. That's how we grew up and we didn't suffer or throw a tantrum. These are nice ideas, but mom shouldn't be a catering chef. One meal for the whole family and if you don't like it, you don't eat.

  2. Barbara says:

    I'm in my 60s now and finally getting my weight under control. I cry as I look at children who are overweight as I think of the agonies ahead of them. I also agree parents should expect children to eat what they are served BUT I believe that they should be served foods to entice their appetites and their palates! Click below or copy & paste to see a good book of foods to entice kids to like good foods!

    http://tinyurl.com/ketuyzx

  3. Kari says:

    I agree about not making special meals for kids BUT I do try make sure I serve them according to their ages. For instance, you can't expect little ones to eat something too spicy or really small ones to eat a big steak. I try to alter the recipe for their portion of the food (like underseasoning until the end) to make it more palatable to a small child. We're all still eating the same dinner though. :)
    If one of them doesn't like the meal, I don't make them eat but they must take one bite of each thing before they say they don't like it. If they really don't want it, no problem, but no snacks or treats that night. It's a choice they can make if they want to, not a punishment.

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