Summer

10 Reasons to Eat More Grapes + How to Freeze Grapes Video

Since we’re in the middle of peak grape season, which runs June to December, it’s only fitting that we team up with our friends at Sun World® to talk about this kid-friendly fruit! Sun World is a proud partner of our annual Power Your Lunchbox Pledge, which encourages families and classrooms to pledge to eat a healthier lunch this school year. 

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Chopped Cobb Salads

During the summer I love eating salads. They're light, fresh and healthy, and easy to put together for lunch or dinner. Plus there's no need to turn on the oven! Now that my kids are older they are really enjoying salads too, so I've been playing around in the kitchen with different ingredients so I have a lot of options to offer them. Any way I can get my kids to eat more produce is a win for me!

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Individual Banana Split Sundaes

During the summer, ice cream is a staple in our house. Honestly it's a staple all year round, but we eat a lot of ice cream during the summer especially. It's the perfect dessert after any meal, and it's just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Even though my family has dessert each night, I do try to make it somewhat healthy. We all have cravings now and then, but I definitely don't want us to get too much sugar. These Individual Banana Split Sundaes are a great way for the kids to have a well-balanced sweet treat. The secret is to load up on the fruit! 

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Fun Snacks for the Summer Games

My two energetic and sports-enthusiastic boys cannot wait for the Rio games to start! Over the next few weeks, I’m going to take advantage of the coverage of these amazing athletes to continue to hit this point home. We’ll also be snacking on some of these fun, healthy snacks as we cheer on U.S.A!

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25 Healthy Salad Recipes for Summer

If you’re craving something light and refreshing to eat this summer, salads are the answer! Besides being able to pack on the produce (upping the nutrition factor and helping you stay hydrated), they’re totally customizable to your favorite ingredients or tastes. We’ve rounded-up 20 Healthy Summer Salads from some of our blogger friends to help you keep things fresh.

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7 Delicious Ways To Cook Zucchini

You know it’s summer when you start seeing tons of zucchini piled up at the grocery stores and farmers markets. I have a hard time walking by a display of summer squash or zucchini and not grabbing as many as I can to take home. When you really think about it, zucchini is one of those veggies that can truly be added to so many dishes - the ideas are endless! If you have little ones that aren’t so keen on zucchini, don’t give up just yet. There are so many tasty ways to introduce and reintroduce this vegetable to your family, it just takes a little creativity in the kitchen.

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How to Add Protein to Meals using Canned Beans

Today's guest blog post is brought to you by McKenzie Hall Jones, RDN and Lisa Samuel, MBA, RDN, of NourishRDs and consulting dietitians for S&W Beans. There’s a lot to love about summertime. There’s the hot days, warm nights, and easy-breezy lifestyle – not to mention flip flops are appropriate footwear for (almost) any occasion and sunscreen can dual as your “signature scent.”

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6 Ways to Get Outside and Play This Summer

Today’s guest blog post comes from our friends at Jump with Jill. Laura Brown, MS, RD stars as “Jill” in the Midwest Cast of the world’s only rock & roll nutrition show Jump with Jill. From May 29 to June 25, Meijer stores will feature the Produce for Kids campaign to bring the Jump with Jill show to Midwest schools. 

Summer is here, which means fun in the sun is now officially mandatory. Enjoy the warm weather while getting active outside for 60 minutes or more per day. 

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30 No-Cook Meals for Summer

This time of year, our AC is running at full speed and the last thing I want to do is heat up the house by turning on the stove or oven to cook dinner. While I could eat salads every night of the week, my family needs a little more variety at mealtime. No-cook meals are a real life-saver on hot days, and with a little meal planning, can go beyond just salads or sandwiches.

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