by Corinne Kohlen, Spartan Pro Team and Registered Dietitian

Summer’s here, your outside enjoying nature and being active! Keeping your bodies healthy and hydrated during the summer is very important. With fruits and vegetables ripe and in season, with BBQing being a great way to spend time with friends and family, and with a few ideas from your friendly dietitian you’ll be on your way to some tasty summer treats.

Summer is a great time to visit your local farmers market. Some fruits that may be in season include apricots, avocado, tomato, cantaloupe, corn, cucumbers, grapes, mangos, and zucchini. Fresh fruit can be served cut up in a fruit salad or grilled on the BBQ for some extra zest. Children can help cut, or peel fruit, or put fruit on kabob sticks for the grill or to eat fresh.

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Here are some ideas for summer meals and snacks:
Fruit kabobs – grill or eat fresh.
Balsamic grilled vegetables
Fresh salsa – try adding peaches or pineapple for color and flavor
Guacamole – makes a great dip for flaxseed tortilla chips or fresh veggies
Homemade Fruit pops – blend fresh fruit and freeze in ice trays or popsicle trays. Try mixing in mint for color and variety
Greek yogurt topped with seasonal berries – adding blueberries, strawberries, raspberries can add natural sweetness to this protein filled snack
Edamame – or soybeans – these are a great fiber and protein filled snack served hot or cold
Grilled pineapple and peaches – add a little cool whip or eat plain
Fresh Apple slices, celery sticks, or banana medallions with peanut butter dipping sauce
100 calories of nuts – 13 almonds, 11 cashews, or 7 walnuts. Eat plain or add to a salad or casserole
Watermelon, mint and peach smoothies – blend these three ingredients with ice for a great hydrating drink
Hummus with fresh carrot sticks, broccoli trees, or cut bell pepper slices

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