Summer time brings warm weather, outdoor activities, smaller clothes, weekend getaways and awesome foods. I love that the farmers markets are active and full of great healthy foods! This is a great time to try new foods and get into the habit of preparing snacks for picnics and road trips. Here are some things I always make sure I have on hand:
Nuts, dried fruits, fresh fruits, raw veggies, nut butters, water bottles, salad fixings, berries, lemons, limes, fresh herbs, beans, popcorn.
For a fun snack idea, try what my family does. I put out a smorgasbord of trail mix options and have the kids make their own trail mix. I try to have at least 7 options for them. My family’s favorites are air popped popcorn, stick pretzels, dried bananas, craisens, almonds, cashews, pistachios, walnuts, chocolate chips, cheese crackers. It doesn't all have to be healthy because everyone gets a variety.
I do the same thing for salads. I put out ready to go salad ingredients and everyone makes their own salad. I chop up carrots, cucumbers, different greens, tomatoes, olives, berries, avocados, fresh peas, green beans, peppers, zucchini, radishes. Whatever you like! I like to put sunflower seeds and chopped nuts out for salad toppings. Prepared the toppings ahead of time for a fun and healthy meal or snack. This can be done with tacos, baked potatoes, smoothies, the list goes on! Make meals and snacks fun by giving lots of options and getting the whole family involved. We don’t go out to eat often, but when we do my family is usually disappointed with the limited options at the restaurants salad bar.
One more fun and inexpensive summer tip; find a local pick-and-take farm where you can go pick you own food. Whether you pick fruit or berries or vegetables, it is so much fun to fill up bags and buckets to take home!