Celebrating Summer!

School is out for the summer! Kids are excited and the sun is shining which makes it all the better for celebrating our graduates today. We hope all students, parents, teachers & volunteers have a safe and fun summer holiday.  Stay tuned to our blog all summer long for some great healthy summer recipes for road trips, picnics and camping. In celebration of summer try this refreshing watermelon salad at your backyard celebrations today!

Watermelon Pecan Salad


  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans (if no allergies)
  • 5 cups seeded and cubed watermelon
  • 1 package spinach thoroughly washed
  • Vinaigrette dressing
  • 1 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet, and bake at 350° for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Cool on a wire rack 15 minutes or until completely cool.
  2. Combine watermelon and spinach in a large bowl; add vinaigrette, tossing gently to coat. Transfer watermelon mixture to a serving platter, and sprinkle evenly with pecans and cheese.

Recipe & Image sourced from: https://www.southernliving.com/syndication/watermelon-mche-pecan-salad

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.



Deep Cleaning Your KES Club for the Summer!

With most clubs winding down, and summer vacation just around the corner, it’s time to start a deep clean of your KES Club Equipment.  It is so important to ensure your KES Club is thoroughly cleaned before we leave.  Time to get out your cleaners and sanitizing solutions to ensure all items are clean and put away before we end this school year.  We want to ensure equipment is clean and stored properly and any shelf stable food items are stored off the floor and in cupboards or pantries.

Here are some suggestions for cleaning up your KES Club for the summer:

  • Clean out and sanitize cupboards and pantries (check expiry dates, wipe out cupboards, sanitize area, ensure foods are properly stored)
  • Clean out and sanitize fridges and freezers (check expiry dates, wipe out fridges and freezers, sanitize area, ensure foods are properly stored)
  • Clean out and sanitize toasters, blenders and other KES equipment to ensure they are properly cleaning before storing for the summer months

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL. 

Cleaning out your KES Cupboards!

With the school year winding down, it’s now time to think about emptying out your KES Cupboards and Fridges for the summer months. First, you should consider emptying the cupboards of all items that will not hold over the next few months. See some tips below for emptying those cupboards.

Here are some suggestions that can help you use the foods you have left in your KES Club:

  • If you have lots of cereal on hand, prepare some small baggies of dry cereal for kids to grab- and- go
  • If you have lots of fruit (fresh or frozen) make some smoothies
  • Check expiry dates for shelf stable items and ensure they are store properly in closed containers or locked cupboards over the summer
  • Any leftover food that cannot be saved, donate
  • Next week, during the last week of school, provide your students with grab-and-go options as it’s much easier to buy smaller amount of foods that maybe used quickly. Set this up where all students can see it as they walk through the school doors, to ensure all our children and youth avail of these breakfast items.

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL. 

Year End Breakfast Celebration!

With school winding down for the year, some KES Clubs like to host a special year end breakfast celebration for their students and supporters.  Some clubs like to invite their community supporters, volunteers, and teachers to thank them for all they have given throughout the school year.  Pick a morning over the next 2 weeks to try out some of these delicious and nutritious recipes as a special treat!

Fruit Cone

  • waffle cones or regular cones 
  • peaches
  • blackberries
  • grapes
  • strawberries
  • blueberries


  1. Fill cones with fruit. Place on platter for serving.

Recipe sourced from: https://www.produceforkids.com/recipes/fruit-cornucopias/

Image sourced from: https://weheartit.com/entry/59618073

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.

Summertime Breakfast Yogurt Pops!

This is an all time favorite of kids as the weather gets nicer, and especially during the summer.  It’s great to have for breakfast or for a snack on those warm summer days.  This is also a nice recipe to try at your KES Club during your year end celebrations.  It’s a great recipe with simple and whole ingredients – try it out before schools out for the summer.

Breakfast Yogurt Pop


  • 3 cups chopped strawberries (from about 1 1/2 pints)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup granola (nut free if serving at school)


  1. Combine the strawberries and honey in a small saucepan and stir gently to combine. Let the berries macerate on the counter for at least 10 minutes, until mixture is dissolved and syrupy.
  2. Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a rapid simmer. Cook stirring often, until the strawberries are thick and jammy, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. You should have about 1 cup of jammy fruit. (At this point, the strawberries can be refrigerated for up to a week.)
  3. When ready to assemble the popsicles, whisk together the yogurt, 1/4 cup of the milk, and 2 tablespoons of honey in a medium bowl. The yogurt should be thick, but pourable (roughly the consistency of regular yogurt). If needed, whisk in a little more milk. Taste and add more honey if desired.
  4. Scoop out 1/4 cup of the yogurt mixture and stir it into the granola. This will help the granola freeze into the popsicles.
  5. Arrange 6 popsicle molds (1/2 cup capacity) on your work surface. Pour a generous spoonful of yogurt into the bottom of each mold. Add a scoop of granola and then a spoonful or two of strawberries. Continue layering yogurt, granola, and strawberries until the molds are filled. Tap the molds lightly agains the counter or use a popsicle stick to work out any air bubbles between the layers.
  6. Insert popsicle sticks into each mold freeze until solid, at least 6 hours.
  7. To unmold, run the popsicle molds under hot running water for a few seconds and gently easy the popsicles out of the molds.

Fresh Toast Sticks!

This is a great recipe to try at your Kids Eat Smart Club this month. Prepare the french toast ahead of time and get the kids involved in putting the fruit and french toast on the sticks.  You will be amazed by how excited the kids get over fruit and french toast – just for the simple fact it’s on a stick.  Many clubs are looking for a special year end breakfast – and this could be just the recipe for that.  Serving fruit in fun ways can get kids to try fruit they may not have tried before.  Try this recipe this month at your KES Club.

French Toast Sticks


  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups multigrain or whole wheat sandwich bread, cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon butter or oil
  • 16 strawberries, stems removed
  • 2 bananas, sliced into 1/2 inch coins
  • wooden skewers


  1. In a bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, honey and cinnamon.
  2. Dip the bread cubes in the milk mixture to coat each side.
  3. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat and cook the bread for 1 1/2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
  4. Skewer the french toast cubes, strawberries and bananas and serve with maple syrup for dipping.

Recipe & Image sourced from: https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/french-toast-on-a-stick-51262420

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.

Summer Fruit Salad!

Nothing says summer more then a fresh and fruit salad.  Sometimes whole fruits are less likely to be eaten by younger children, while older students and youth prefer to grab a whole banana or an apple.  To encourage all students to enjoy fruits at their KES Clubs, try making a simple fruit salad.  It’s great for all ages.  It’s different, colorful and of course delicious.  Fruit salad can be used as a side to another breakfast item, add to cereal, make into a yogurt parfait or just simply eat by itself.  Take some time and try serving a delicious fruit salad at your KES Club. Try this simple fruit salad at your KES Club this week.

Summer Fruit Salad


  • 1 lb strawberries
  • 6 oz blueberries
  • 6oz raspberries
  • 3 kiwis, peeled and sliced
  • 1 orange, peeled and wedges cut in half
  • 2 apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 mango, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups grapes

For the dressing

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • zest of 1 lemon


  1. In a small bowl whisk together honey, orange juice, and lemon zest. Add fruit to a large bowl and pour over dressing, tossing gently to combine. Chill until ready to serve.

Recipe and Image sourced from: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a19609963/easy-fruit-salad-recipe/

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.