The arrival of summer signals warmer weather, outdoor activities and quality time with the family. It is a perfect time to reconnect after a busy school year when your kids are home for most of the day. The kitchen has always been one of my favorite places to connect with my children and share with them the joy of making food.
One of the best ways to get children involved in the kitchen is to let them actually pick their own food. “Pick Your Own” farms are increasingly popular and can be found in many states across the country. Summer is a great time to take advantage of an array of seasonal produce, such as strawberries, cherries, blueberries, peaches and blackberries, to name a few. Picking your own fruit can easily turn into an all-day adventure. I recently took my children to pick strawberries and they had so much fun picking the juicy red fruits, along with a variety of other fun activities this particular farm offered.
If pick-your-own farms aren’t an option where you live, then you may be able to find a farmer’s market near you. Of course, the grocery store is a perfectly fine option as well; the important thing is that you are able to spend time with your children talking to them about each of the fresh fruits you pick out together and how you’ll use them later! Children love helping out in the kitchen and getting them involved in food preparation is one of the best ways to encourage them to trying new things. It may not happen at first, but over time children are more likely to try new foods if they had a hand in choosing and preparing them.
The following recipes feature some of the best fruits summer has to offer:
- Fruity Greek Yogurt Popsicles
- Strawberry Jam
- Fruit Tartlets (This recipe does call for walnuts so this is not for any families with nut allergies.)
- Fruity Yogurt Parfaits (This recipe does call for almonds so this is not for any families with nut allergies.)
- Blueberry Banana Oat Bread
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