From cheeseburgers and potato salad at the neighborhood block party to waffle cones from the ice cream truck, summer is chock full of opportunities for good eating. To keep your family on the healthier side this summer while still eating well, consider lightening up some of your favorite summer foods.
The following three recipes are easy, kid-friendly snack and dinner ideas for lightening up summer-food favorites:
Crazy Corn Dogs
Corn dogs are a delicious and portable way to enjoy juicy hot dogs, but since they’re often deep-fried, they’re usually not the healthiest food option. Lighten them up with this recipe that uses cornbread twists and beef franks for a baked version kids will love.
Makes 7 corn dogs
• 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
• 1 package refrigerated cornbread twists
• 1 package Hebrew National® Beef Franks (7 franks)
• 2 tablespoons Concord grape jelly
• ½ cup Hunt’s Tomato Ketchup
Preheat oven to 375°F. Sprinkle cornmeal on a large cutting board. Unroll dough on cornmeal; separate dough into 8 long strips.
To make each corn dog, press dough together at perforations and flatten slightly. Spiral wrap 1 dough strip around each frank. Place on an ungreased baking pan so both ends of dough are under franks. Discard remaining dough strip or bake with wrapped franks and use for dipping into sauce. Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Place jelly in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 15 to 20 seconds or until jelly melts. Stir in ketchup and mix well. Serve with corn dogs for dipping.
Peanut Butter and Banana ‘S’mores’
There’s nothing more summery than a melted s’more, but chocolate and marshmallows don’t contain much nutritional value. These chocolate-free s’mores add good-for-you protein from the peanut butter, and sliced bananas provide a healthy dose of fruit.
Makes 2 S’mores
• 2 tablespoons Peter Pan® Creamy Peanut butter
• 2 whole graham crackers, broken in half to make 4 squares
• 2 tablespoons marshmallow crème
• ½ medium banana, sliced
Spread peanut butter on two graham cracker squares. Spread marshmallow crème on remaining graham cracker squares. Place banana slices evenly on top of marshmallow crème; top with remaining graham cracker squares, peanut butter-side down.
Orange Creamsicle Drink
Milkshakes are a yummy way to cool down when it’s hot outside, but the average milkshake is pretty bad for you. This orange creamsicle drink is a creamy way to cool down and get a healthy dose of Vitamin C at the same time!
• 2 pudding cups Snack Pack® Vanilla Pudding
• ¾ cup orange juice
• Reddi-wip® Original Dairy whipped topping
Stir together pudding and juice until blended in a small bowl. Pour into serving glasses and top with Reddi-wip. Serve immediately.
What are your favorite lightened up, kid-friendly and easy recipes for dinner, snack time or dessert during the summer? Share below!
Author Bio: This is a guest post by Meredith K. For other simple summer recipes, from desserts to easy chicken recipes, visit readyseteat.com.