It’s summer time and life is getting busy. The kids are involved in a slew of activities and parents need time to deal with their hectic schedules. With so much going on, it’s important to maintain a diet that is balanced and nutritious to keep you and your loved ones going throughout the day.
We’re here to help with tips and tasty recipes to enjoy all summer long.
Summer is a great time to enjoy local fruits and vegetables. Visit your local farmer’s market and experiment with your ingredients. Remember, try to “eat a rainbow” – that is, make sure to incorporate as many colours and textures as you can to get a variety of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients into your body. And why not pair up your produce with some delicious, nutritious chicken that you can get year-round?
Here are some of our favourite summer recipes to help keep you and your family happy and healthy.
Grilled Chicken, Watermelon, and Tomato Salad: Believe it! These ingredients create a delicious meal that is balanced with the sweetness from the watermelon and the acidity from the tomatoes. Plus, you get a healthy dose of vitamins A and C, several B vitamins, and of course protein from the chicken!
Chicken Pasta Salad with Saskatoon Berries: Delicious, wild Saskatoon berries are highlighted in this recipe. These berries are harvested in early July for about 2-3 weeks – so enjoy them fresh in the summer and freeze them for the fall/winter!
Fruit & Nut Wrap: This recipe is great when you need a quick lunch for your kids on the go. These wraps are hand-held, so no messing around with plates or utensils.
Fresh Chicken Wraps: Because this wrap contains fresh tomatoes and lettuce it should be made to order to keep it from getting soggy. For a picnic, put the lettuce and tomatoes in one container and chicken and tzatziki in another and assemble onsite!
Speedy Eight Ingredient Chicken Chili: Not only is chili easy to prepare, but it freezes well and is incredibly versatile. Serve it in a bowl with corn chips, topped on a baked potato with a sprinkle of cheese, or in a tortilla wrap with cheese and sliced avocado.
Ground Chicken Salsa Sloppy Joes: What kid doesn’t love sloppy Joes? Double up on this recipe and keep it in the fridge. When the kids get hungry, warm it up and serve on fresh English muffins or bakery buns.
Chicken Turnovers with Diced Vegetables: Make a batch of these and freeze some for later. They’re great for a quick dinner or meal on the go!
Baked Chicken Nuggets: Here’s a recipe that is popular with kids. You’ll want to make a double batch of these tasty home-made treats and leave some in the fridge for the kids to snack on.
For more on eating healthy, check out this great article by our amazing health writer, nutritionist Kelly Atyeo-Fick: Summer Vacation – How to Eat Healthy