Grapes are an easy and fun snack year-round! Like watermelon, grapes are another fruit that is healthy for you and helps you to stay hydrated. Whenever my parents and I go to the beach in the summertime, Mom always packs grapes in our cooler. They are easy to pull off the stem and pop in to your mouth. In the Fall, Mom, Dad and I peel grapes for Halloween parties and use them as floating "eye balls" in fruit punch. Frozen grapes are a fantastic anytime treat as well!
Watermelon is a colorful and tasty way to stay hydrated on a hot summer day; it is over 91% water! The watermelon is juicy and sweet and contains vitamin C, vitamin A, copper, potassium and several B vitamins. Although watermelon can help with hydrating your body, that doesn’t mean that you should not also drink water. Watermelon is a fun and versatile snack that is good for you!
Now that school is back in session, we have to make sure our kids are bringing healthy snacks that will get them through the day.
Ice cream is one of the most popular treats that people love to enjoy eating during those hot summer days. Throughout the US and the world, its variations are known as, frozen custard, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and gelato. While the exact details about the “invention” of ice cream is not entirely known, its origins of can be traced back to as early as the 2nd century B.C.
Have you ever heard of the astounding benefits of Lacinato (AKA Dinosaur, or Dino) Kale? Interested in improving optical (eye) functioning? Improving blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight retention, while helping to reduce or eliminate the potential of cancer development?
EAT MORE KALE.
Summertime is a great time for produce. But rather than going to your local grocery store to purchase berries that were shipped from hundreds of miles away, you can go pick your own at a local farm!
Getting kids to eat salads can be a real challenge. So your best bet is to incorporate things they may like into the salad.
You can add nuts and berries, fruit, and/or thinly sliced vegetables. Try lighter dressings like citrus or lemon vinaigrette. Avoid iceberg lettuce; it has no nutritional value and very little taste. Use baby spinach or a mix of field greens, such as a spring mix.
Kids love the sweet taste of berries, so try this simple strawberry vinaigrette with the following salad:
The easiest way to avoid eating junk is to avoid buying junk food. If you don't have it you and the kids can't eat it. Start now and as time goes on your body will get used to it and it will become easier.