Don’t Forget The Veggies!

Vegetables are a great snack for the kids to enjoy.  We know veggies are more likely eaten by kids when offered with some kind of dip. Some dips that are great with veggies include ranch, sour cream and hummus.  This recipe is a fun twist on nachos – try this recipe with the kids for a fun movie night this summer!

All Veggie Nachos

Ingredients

  • 3 bell peppers (a combination of yellow, red and orange), seeded and cut into triangles
  • ¼ cup light sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • ½ cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • ½ avocado, diced
  • 3 tablespoons grated Mexican blended cheese

Directions

  1. Place the bell pepper “chips” on a plate.
  2. Whisk the sour cream and lime juice in a small bowl.
  3. Drizzle the bell pepper “chips” with the sour cream sauce and the cucumbers, tomatoes, avocadoes, and cheese to form veggie nachos.
  4. Crunch and enjoy!

Recipe & Image Sourced from: https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/all-veggie-nachos-recipe

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

Summer Citrus Fruit Salad!

Another summer favorite is a cold citrus fruit salad.  This delicious recipe is easy to make and a refreshing snack on a warm summer day. You can prepared ahead of time and it can be ready to go for those hungry kiddos.  Ensuring we provide kids with enough water and food for energy on these hot days is so important.  Try this recipe at home this week:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 1 kiwifruit, peeled, cut up
  • 1 small bunch seedless green grapes, cut in half
  • 1 can (11 oz) mandarin orange segments, drained

Directions

  1. In large glass or plastic bowl, mix yogurt, mayonnaise, orange peel and orange juice.
  2. Gently stir remaining ingredients into yogurt mixture. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour but no longer than 4 hours.

Berry Pinwheel Snack!

Another summertime favorite is pinwheels of all kinds. Pinwheels are such a simple concept and loved by kids.  They can be a great snack or even a meal time delight. Kids love pinwheels as they are easy for little fingers to grab and go. Try this recipe as a summertime snack or packed for a lunch time treat at camp.

Berry Pinwheels

Ingredients

  • 2 8″ whole wheat flour  tortillas
  • 4 tbsp cheese
  • 1 cup strawberries, blueberries or raspberries

Directions:

  1. Spread 2 tbsp of cream cheese evenly over each tortilla.
  2. Chop the berries into small pieces and divide them evenly between tortillas.
  3. Roll tortillas tightly and slice into six pieces each. Makes three pinwheels per serving.

Recipe & Image sourced from: https://www.cbc.ca/parents/food/view/berry-pinwheels

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

Tropical Fruit Salsa!

Fruit salsa is always a fresh and fun fruit snack in the summer.  It’s an easy snack to enjoy with a backyard barbecue or to send with kids off to summer camp.  It’s also a great recipe to have the kids help in the kitchen.  Have an adult cut the fruit into a bite small pieces, then the kids can help with mixing all the fruit together.  Try this recipe at home this week:

Tropical Fruit Salsa 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 medium mango
  • 3/4 cup strawberries
  • 2 medium kiwi
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon mint, fresh
  • 1 medium lime

Instructions

  1. Chop pineapple, mango, strawberries, kiwi and mint.
  2. Juice lime.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients together.
  4. Mix well with a spoon.
  5. Serve over cooked chicken or seafood or with baked pita chips or plantain chips.
  6. Refrigerate any remaining salsa in a sealed container for up to two days.

Recipe & Image sourced from: https://www.superhealthykids.com/recipes/tropical-fruit-salsa/

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