Healthy Meals for Kids: Don’t Get in a Summer Rut
August 22, 2018
In the summer, your kids may become irritable and may not want to eat as much as they do in the colder months. Therefore, it’s important to feed them with meals that peak their interest yet provide them with the nutrients they need to remain healthy all summer long. Here at Holly Springs Pediatrics, we recommend the following delicious yet nutritious summer meals for kids.
Mini Zucchini Pizzas
You’ll find zucchini in every grocery store this summer. This veggie is loaded with potassium, folate, fiber, and vitamins A and C and makes a great substitute for pizza dough. Top zucchini with a bit of tomato sauce and cheese and treat your kids to mini zucchini pizzas.
If your kids like Mexican food, you can’t go wrong with Mexican pinwheels. They are packed with protein and veggies and a breeze to prepare. Simply mix up some low-fat cream cheese, salsa, cheddar cheese, green onion, garlic, and rotisserie chicken in a bowl, spread the mixture onto whole wheat tortillas, roll up the tortillas, and cut them into one inch sections.
It’s highly likely that your kids enjoy nachos. Since regular nachos are full of carbs, try swapping chips with different colored peppers and adding ground beef or chicken, cheese, salsa, guacamole, and other favorite nacho toppings.
The summer is the perfect time to introduce your kids to unique, fruit filled salads. Pair fresh strawberries with a bit of lettuce or spinach, grilled chicken or fish, and almonds to create a nutrient rich strawberry salad. If you’d like, serve the salad with a thick and sweet poppy seed dressing.
Asian Chicken Wraps
Asian chicken wraps have plenty of veggies and can be easily prepared without the stove. Whisk together some peanut butter, soy sauce, and warm water. Then, stir in some garlic and add chicken. Next, place one whole wheat tortilla on a flat surface and add the chicken as well as some red pepper, cucumber, and bean sprouts. Lastly, roll up the tortillas and serve.
Your kids are bound to love homemade turkey pitas. To prepare them, cut deli smoked turkey into ¼ inch cubes. Then, mix the turkey with some light ranch dressing, almonds, raisins, and scallions. Cover the mixture and refrigerate for at least one hour. When you’re ready to serve, open up a pita and add the mixture.
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Want to ensure your child is getting the appropriate nutrients? Worries they may not be eating as well as they should? Do not hesitate to ask us at your next appointment! Call to schedule today.