1. The first “food” that comes to mind when thinking about summer treats are those great frozen juice stick popsicles that I keep stocked in my freezer during the season. Always available and ready for a cool treat after a summer swim in the pool or dash through the sprinklers.
2. Cereal- It can just get too hot to make pancakes, eggs, waffles, hashbrowns, etc. A good whole grain cereal and milk is a great start to a day for my kids.
3. Sandwich fixings- Perfect for those nights when I don’t want to hover over a hot stove for anything! I try to keep all the favorites in my fridge: cheddar cheese, provolone cheese, ham, turkey, peanut butter, jelly, pickles, lettuce, mayo, onions, and mustard. I guess the only downfall is when we run out of bread and no one notices until it’s time to mae a sandwich. 🙂
4. Lemonade mix- Always a super inexpensive flavored drink that can be mixed up and kept cold in a large super cleaned pickle jar in the fridge. Easily made and ready for my kiddos and their friends after a few hours of outdoor exercise.
5. Crackers and Cheesesticks. Some days my kids just aren’t hungry for a full lunch. Out come the wheat crackers and stringed cheese. A great grain and protein combo to give them energy without over filling them.
6. Strawberries, watermelon, grapes, and apples. Wonderful fruits for a cool and juicy tastes on thirsty tongues- and fingerfoods that happen to make great compost additions when down to the cores, rinds, or green tops. Our pig likes them too!
7. Different flavored applesauce cups for breakfast, and colored Jello cups for dessert after dinner. Two simple and cool additions to meals that add fun and flavor to a meal.
8. Popcorn- always a summer movie late night treat that satisfies our mouth’s need for salt. Of course- popcorn is eaten all year long- but out on the lawn with the laptop and an “instant online” movie it becomes a summer food!
Looking forward to many days of spoiling my kids’ taste buds this summer! I’d love to hear your “summer food” ideas- please share!