Through our Healthy Out-of-School-Time Program, the Alliance works to keep kids healthy when school’s out, which includes summertime. The three-month school break shouldn’t be a break from healthy eating habits, but a time to reinforce them! These are tips out-of-school time sites around the country use to support healthy eating. Make them work for your summer break.
Healthy Eating Ideas for a Healthy Summer
Try Seasonal Produce
In Season: Blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, kiwi, mangoes, peaches, plums, strawberries, and watermelon.
In season: Broccoli, corn, eggplant, cucumbers, green beans, lettuce, peas, bell peppers, radishes, spinach, summer squash, swiss chard, tomatoes, and zucchini.
H20 to Help You Go
High temperatures and lots of outdoor activity make it extra important to stay hydrated in summer. Even mild dehydration can cause tiredness, headaches, and lack of concentration.
Listen to your body’s needs and let thirst be your guide. If you feel thirsty, your body is telling you it needs more hydration and water is a natural, healthy and sugar-free way to stay hydrated.
Recipe: Cucumber Salad with Tomatoes
Be a hit at your next summer picnic by bringing a healthy summer salad, with the freshest seasonal ingredients. Here’s a recipe from the USDA.
- 2 cups cucumber (diced)
- 1 cup tomato (seeded and diced)
- 1/4 cup onion (chopped sweet)
- 2 cups couscous or rice, cooked
- 2 teaspoons dill weed (chopped dried or fresh)
- 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing, low-fat
- Wash hands.
- Toss together the cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, couscous (or rice), dill, and salad dressing.
- Chill for 1 hour.
Looking for other ways to stay healthy this summer? Get four tips from our Youth All Star.