Make the Most of Your Summer

From road trips and cookouts to ball games and pool parties, summer is full of adventure, excitement and celebration. But the season of "fun in the sun" can often challenge our commitment to making healthy choices. To help you and your family make the most of the season, we've rounded up our best tips, tricks and resources for a healthy summer. 


Make a Healthy #SummerSwap

When it comes to making healthier choices, a small change can make a big difference! Try these simple "summer swaps" to give your summer fun a healthy boost. 


Have your own summer swap idea? Share with us on social media using the hashtag #SummerSwap (Don't forget to tag @HealthierGen!)  


Try a Healthy Summer Recipe

Try these better-for-you versions of our favorite classic summer recipes. These dishes will make a perfect addition to your next backyard barbeque or summer celebration!

 Get the full recipe: Keep Cool Ranch Dip

 Get the full recipe: Red, White & Blue Chicken Salad


 Get the full recipe: Sparkle Pops

Summer Recipe Tips

Be the star of the neighborhood cookout or your backyard barbecue make ALL THREE recipes and serve them together for a healthy summer meal!

Use fresh ingredients to maximize flavor; find seasonal produce at your nearest USDA Farmer’s Market.

Hungry for more? Discover hundreds of healthy family-friendly recipes using the Healthier Generation Smart Foods Planner


Support Healthy Summer Meals for All

For the millions of children who rely on free and reduced-price meals during the school year, summer can be a season of hunger. Fortunately, summer nutrition programs can help close the hunger gap. In many communities, out-of-school time programs, recreation centers, and even local libraries provide free meals and enrichment opportunities to keep children well-fed, active and engaged during summer break. As a parent, caretaker, or community member, you can help connect more kids to summer meals and encourage participation in summer meal programs to ensure all kids have a healthy summer. 

Find Free Summer Meals

Do you know a child or teen in need of a healthy meal this summer? Free meals are available for children 18 and younger at thousands of locations throughout the nation. 

Text “FOOD” to 877-877 to find a free summer meals site in your neighborhood

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