Fall may be around the corner, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy fresh summery dishes before we move on to soups and pumpkin-spiced everything. Summer brings us plump berries, juicy fruits, and crisp veggies that taste great on their own and can brighten up any meal. Adding these fresh ingredients to your diet during their peak season guarantees the best taste and the most nutrients like fiber, antioxidants, and many more.
Take full advantage of colorful, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables before they go out of season with these four easy-to-make recipes that the whole family will love! Each recipe encourages kids and adults alike to get creative with how they enjoy their fruits and veggies by letting them customize the dish to their likings. They require very little preparation, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating the rest of the summer!
1. Dark Chocolate Fruit Cones
Summer and ice cream go hand-in-hand. While it’s a favorite frozen treat that many can’t get enough of, it’s loaded with sugar and additives that don’t provide us with any health benefits. The Dark Chocolate Fruit Cones is a healthy and fresh take on a classic dessert. Chocolate dipped cones sprinkled with almonds and filled with your favorite fruits prove that everything tastes better in a cone, and it gets bonus points for not melting in your hands!
2. Summer Kabobs
Foods also taste better when they’re on sticks. Set up a kabob station and invite everyone to build their own kabobs using their favorite fruits and vegetables. Mix things up with savory options, like deli meats and cubed cheese, and fun, kid-approved treats like organic peanut butter balls.
3. Cold and Fresh Veggie Pizza
This no-bake recipe will change the way you see cold pizzas. Made with fresh vegetables and a garlic cream cheese spread on top of a thin crust, this fresh pizza will have everyone asking for seconds! It’s a quick and easy way to get your pizza fix without having to touch the oven.
4. Butterfly Lettuce Wraps with Fruit Palm Trees
This fun and colorful recipe is for your little picky eaters! Get your kids to eat their fruits and veggies by arranging them into creative shapes such as a palm tree made out of bananas, kiwis and clementines. It makes meals more exciting and engaging as your kids learn the importance of eating healthy and how to enjoy getting their five-a-day.
There’s still time to head over to your local farmers’ market or grocery store and pick up some of the most flavorful and nutritious fruits and vegetables that summer has to offer! There are countless ways to enjoy them, but these four effortless summer recipes eliminate the guesswork and let the whole family build their own fresh and healthy creations to best fit their tastes. Try the recipes out and let us know what your favorite summer fruits and veggies combinations are!
Recipe: Creamy Green Strawberry Dream Serving in this recipe:1
- Calories: 236.6
- Total Fat: 3.6 g 5.5%
- Saturated Fat: 0.4 g 1.9%
- Cholesterol: 0 mg 0%
- Sodium: 358.7 mg 14.9%
- Total Carbs: 45.7 g 15.2%
- Dietary Fiber: 9.9 g 39.4%
- Sugar: 22.1 g
- Protein: 8.1 g 16.2%
- Vitamin A: 481.9% Vitamin C: 244.1%
- Calcium: 68.5% Iron: 26.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.