Let’s face it, kids can be picky. Getting the thumbs up on boring food is sometimes difficult. Sometimes getting them to try something new is even more difficult. Making it all healthy…don’t even get me started!
Well, I’m here to make life a little bit easier with some recipe ideas that feature in season produce. Eating food that is in season is great for your kids because it is packed with more nutrients, like vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants, that their growing bodies need. It’s good for Mother Earth, too. In season produce is usually grown locally, and isn’t shipped across the country. Now that’s doing your part to reduce pollution. Finally, it’s good for your wallet since it’s usually cheaper!
So, what’s in season in August?
- Sweet Potatoes
Of course there is more, but we’ll just focus on these for now.
While blueberries may not be packed with vitamins and minerals they are full phytochemicals. “Phyto-what?” you ask. Phytochemicals are chemicals that have protective or disease-preventive properties. You need all the help you can get keeping your kids from getting sick. Am I right? Blueberries are full of anthocyanidins, flavonoids, resveratrol, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid.
While you can probably just put a handful of blueberries in your kid’s palm and they’ll chow down on them, here’s a couple of recipes that will add a twist.
Blueberry Grilled Cheese – I don’t think this will even make it out of the kitchen. This looks so good you’ll probably just eat it yourself and let your kids fend for the scraps.
Blueberry Lemon Baked Oatmeal – This is easy to make ahead of time and served for breakfast on a busy morning. Just be sure to make enough!
Summer Fruit Salad – This fruit salad is not only made with in season blueberries, but a host of other in season fruits that your kids will love.
With a name that starts with the word “Sweet” you can’t go wrong with this totally awesome tuber. High in fiber and filled with Vitamin A this root vegetable helps to regulate blood sugar and is good for bone and vision health.
Check out these great recipes for kid-friendly dishes to sneak some sweet potatoes onto your little darling’s plate.
Roast Chicken and Sweet Potato Mac-n-Cheese – A long time staple of kids everywhere, Mac-n-Cheese comes to life in this recipe.
Sweet Potato Casserole – My grandmother makes this every Thanksgiving. There’s usually a fight over it. If you want your kids to ask for sweet potatoes all year round just have them try this.
Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges – Add sweet potatoes to any meal with this healthy version of french fries. Have you ever known a kid to turn down french fries?!?
Full of unsaturated fats and Vitamin E almonds are natures way of telling you “It’s good to eat fat”. The Vitamin E is necessary for growing muscles and red blood cells. Unsaturated fats helps kids develop a healthy nervous system and can even make them smarter. What more reason do you need to include almonds as a regular item in those packed lunches?!?
Deluxe Almond Butter & Jelly Sandwich – Your kids will go crazy for this awesome alternative to a regular, boring PB&J sandwich.
Almond Butter Banana Sushi – Introduce your kids to this twist with no fish. I’m about to go into the kitchen and try it myself!
Almond Rocks – Simple to make and sure to be eaten before you can say “Let them cool before you…” this recipe will be a household favorite.
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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.