Summer usually means backyard barbecues, park side picnics, state fairs and local carnivals, and eating well can easily become a challenge. Let’s face it, who doesn’t love a delicious and sugary funnel cake or corn dog smothered in ketchup, mustard and barbecue sauce? But just because you and your family will be surrounded by unhealthy and indulgent food items this summer doesn’t mean that you can’t still embrace the summer eating season in a nutritious way. Today, Dream Dinners franchise reviews five of the best (and healthy!) food items you should feed your family this summer.
Here are five in-season, summer foods that can add color and flavor to any of your Dream Dinners meals.
Is there anything that reminds you of summer more than eating fresh-off-the-grill corn on the cob? Corn on the cob is a great summertime side and pairs perfectly with Dream Dinners franchise’s Kentucky Pork Chops or Memphis Flank Steak. Corn is reaching its peak season during the summer months; it not only tastes delicious but is also sold at its cheapest prices of the year. Just like any other item, in moderation corn is a healthy vegetable and a great source of vitamins B and C, magnesium, potassium and antioxidants. Whether you choose to grill it, steam it or even just microwave it, your kids will surely love the refreshing feeling of corn on the cob this summer – just don’t overdo it on the butter.
Tomatoes are also in-season during the summer, so now is the best time to make all of your favorite tomato-based recipes. Creating a fresh sauce is a great way to help your children get the nutrients they need in a hidden, yet delicious, way. Whether you make a warm marinara sauce, a garden salsa or a fresh Caprese salad, don’t forget to load up on tomatoes for a refreshingly juicy addition to any dish.
Watermelon has high water content, so eating it will not only help reduce your risk of dehydration, but you’ll also absorb its high levels of vitamins A, B6 and C. Watermelon is the perfect halftime snack at your children’s soccer or baseball games and can be the perfect dessert at your next backyard barbecue. You might even want to try grilling your watermelon for an unexpected, yet delicious, flavor.
If you’re looking for a refreshing beverage other than water to enjoy in the summer’s heat, look no further: a big glass of iced tea can do the trick. All tea is rich in antioxidants, whether you decide on black, green, herbal or any of the wide varieties of available teas. If you or your kids don’t love the bitter tastes most teas have, try adding lemon juice or fresh fruits like strawberries or blueberries for bursts of sweet flavors they will enjoy.
Feeling overly full or stuffed during the summer can be uncomfortable, so opting for a lighter protein alternative is a great idea for summer meals. Fish, when fresh, can be the right choice for a light dinner on a hot summer night. Fish contain an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids, which has been linked to increased cardiovascular health. There are a variety of fish with a wide range of prices, but tilapia and salmon are affordable and delicious options and is great for families.
Feeding your family a nutritious meal doesn’t have to be a struggle this summer. By making meals with in-season, refreshing and healthy ingredients, you and your family will feel re-energized. If you have a picky eater on your hands, here are some ways to hide healthy ingredients in your kids meals to end the picky eating struggle for good.