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Kid-Friendly Recipes for a Healthier Summer

Perhaps it’s the looser schedule, the longer days or the heat, but kids are continually requesting snacks and special treats this summer. Just this morning, my two-year old nephew asked for a snack instead of breakfast. Um, no.

In addition to making sure they are hydrated, I try to stop their ongoing requests for special treats with sliced veggies and fruit readily available at home, popcorn and dried fruit in single-serving containers in the car, and meals based on whole grains, plant-based proteins and lots of fresh fruit and veggies.

Are you looking for healthier tastier choices at mealtime this summer? With the help of Whole Foods Market, I’ve put together a roundup of family-friendly Health Starts Here recipes. Health Starts Here is a mindful approach to healthy eating that’s rooted in simple ways to build better meals. Each recipe meets the following:

  • They’re made using whole foods. These are ingredients in their purest, unprocessed forms such as an asparagus spear, a lemon slice, a scoop of quinoa or a fillet of salmon.
  • They’re plant-strong™. The fiber, protein and phytonutrients in Health Starts Here recipes come from the healthiest source — plants!
  • They only contain healthy fats. You won’t find any extracted oils or processed fats in these recipes. The only fats in them come from the healthiest sources: nuts, seeds and avocados.
  • They’re nutrient dense. A variety of nutrients – such as vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients – are essential for good health.

Dive in and get inspired!

Breakfast

Strawberry Smash Parfait

Strawberry Smash Parfait

Veggie and Tofu Scramble

Veggie and Tofu Scramble

Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes

Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes

 

Berry Oatmeal in a Jar

Berry Oatmeal in a Jar

Sesame Peanut Noodles

Sesame Peanut Noodles

Turkey Sloppy Janes

Turkey Sloppy Janes

Refried Bean and Avocado Soft Taco

Creamy Cherry Dip

Creamy Cherry Dip

Fancy Ants on a Log

Fancy Ants on a Log

PB & J Bites

Grape and Watermelon Freezer Pops

Grape and Watermelon Freezer Pops

Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad

Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad

No-Bake Thumbprint Cookies

No-Bake Thumbprint Cookies

For more recipes, tips, healthy cooking techniques and videos, visit Whole Foods’ Healthy Eating resources.