Our blog post comes from one of ENC’s Health Professional Advisors, Serena Ball, MS, RD. Serena is a registered dietitian and mother of four young children in St Louis. She blogs at www.TeaspoonOfSpice.com.
While many families are now heading into ‘back to school’ mode – with all the adjustments to kids’ and parents’ schedules – that’s no reason to totally give up family fun time. With sunny weather still in the forecast for several more weeks, we’re providing some ideas for easy family excursions, plus healthy snacks to keep everyone energized.
Farmers’ Markets – If you thought the farmers’ markets were good over the summer, plan a Saturday (or after work) visit in the next few weeks. Bountiful produce is at absolute peak right now! Take the family along and plan to pick up some new fruit or vegetable you have never cooked. Look for baby blue potatoes, bumpy crook-necked yellow squash, Green Zebra heirloom tomatoes, skinny Japanese eggplant or a new variety of apple. Check out more tips on how to make the most of a farmers’ market outing with your kids now and all year long.
Pack a picnic – When running your kids to soccer or ballet, keep an eye out for a new playground or park. Then plan to pack a picnic for after practice. Stopping at a playground means kids can get some exercise while you unpack the picnic fare. Spread out a blanket and enjoy a quick moment of family togetherness with these healthy portable dinner options: Lightened-Up Italian Pasta Nests from MJ @ MJ and Hungry Man or Bacon & Egg Muffins from Teaspoon of Spice.
Pick your own produce play date – Invite one of your child’s friends to visit a local pick-your-own farm. Apples and pumpkins are coming into season; fall raspberries are ready now. Try the bounty from the farm in these recipes: Apple Raisin Bread Pudding from Incredible Eggs or Cinnamon Sugar Blueberry Snacking Cake via Teaspoon of Spice
Try a new ethnic recipe –The excitement of something exotic or exciting on the dinner table can make it easier to get everyone (even mom and dad) to put down their digital devices and enjoy some good old fashioned conversation together. Chat about the flavors in the new dishes you are trying or the countries/regions from which they originate.
Dispel the myth that French soufflés are tricky and make this Savory Cheese Soufflé via Splendid Table. Try these Nepalese pancakes stuffed with all sorts of yummy ingredients via Dixya @ Food Pleasure Health.