Cool Summer Food for Kids

07 May 2015
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Make sure your little (or big) ones are fuelled up with healthy choices over the long hot months



During the laid-back summer months, it can be tempting to let things slide. Though many aspects of your routine may shift into a lower gear, you can still find simple ways to make sure your kids are making good food choices as the temperature rises.

Summer, when there are fewer demands to complete homework and attend school functions, is the perfect time to get kids more involved in the kitchen. Even though school is out, the lessons don’t have to stop. Here are some tips to help your kids learn about smart nutrition and where food comes from:

– Dairy is a wholesome addition to snacks, meal choices and even drinks. Not only do dairy foods taste great, but they are good for your health and your budget. Options like milk, cheese and yoghurt are full of vitamins and minerals, help build strong bones and muscles, control blood pressure, maintain a healthy weight, and reduce the risk of heart disease. No other food group delivers this much nutrition in such an affordable, flavourful and convenient way.

– Take advantage of the extra time summer allows to teach kids about where food comes from, and the practices involved in getting food from the farm to your family’s table. The buzzword these days is “sustainability”. Farms, such as A’Safwah Dairy, the largest single site dairy farm in the Sultanate, work round the clock to ensure nutritious milk and dairy foods are available now and in the future.

– Keep kids well-nourished throughout the day – even when school isn’t in session. Teach kids simple, nutritious breakfast and snack ideas they can create on their own in the kitchen, such as yoghurt and fruit smoothies. Not only will they learn a few kitchen skills, it will encourage the habit of eating a wholesome breakfast every day.

For more dairy recipes, nutrition information and stories straight from the farm, visit DairyMakesSense.com

Recipe: Courgette Parmesan Rounds

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 medium courgettes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Paprika, to taste

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F/gas mark 8. Lightly coat baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Slice courgettes into 1/4-inch thick rounds, leaving green skin on. Place rounds in resealable plastic bag with olive oil; shake to coat all sides.
  3. Combine Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and paprika in small bowl.
  4. Press each courgette round into Parmesan mixture, coating on both sides. Place in single layer on prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake until browned and crisp (about 10 minutes). Remove with spatula and serve warm.

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