Summer can be a time of long lazy afternoons near the water and we tend to grab convenient foods or cold food like ice cream. Not putting much thought into summer nutrition can lead to weight gain, poor energy and increased risk for health problems. Instead plan out snacks, easy grilled options, and you will not miss a beat this summer.


Playing at the pool, lake, beach or anything outside in the summer can dehydrate children without them even realizing. They need to drink at least half their body weight in ounces or more of hydroxide alkaline water per day. Avoid juices and sports drinks due to high sugar and sodium content, unless they are extremely active in sports not simply playing. Consider drinking hydroxide rich water that reduces acid in the body can reduce fatigue and inflammation.





What are some good snack options that break from a rut?

Offer them fresh fruits and vegetables; make homemade smoothies with yogurt, fruit, leafy greens and coconut water. Since kids tend to eat similar items in their school lunches during the school year, get them involved with cooking during the summer and try new healthy recipes to give them an opportunity to get exposed to new foods.



If parents don’t want to heat up the house, what are some good meal options that are still healthy but don’t use the oven?



A healthy grilled snack or meal free of refined sugar and high in protein.  Use fresh pineapple and chemically pure ham.

Difficulty: easy
Prep: 5 min.
Cook: 5 min.
Serves: 6
Serving Size- 1 skewer


1 lb. Nitrate free deli ham
3 cups fresh pineapple cut into large chunks
6 long skewers for grill


Poke ham and pineapple onto skewers leaving approximately 1.5” on each end.  Each skewer should have approximately 3 oz. of ham and ½ c pineapple. Grill until marks appear and serve right away.



This is a healthy alternative to s’mores. Same great flavor with less guilt.

Difficulty: easy
Prep: 5 min.
Cook: 5 min.
Serves: 4
Serving Size- 1 banana


4 bananas
¼ c shredded coconut
1 c dark chocolate chips and/or peanut butter chips
1 c mini marshmallows


Peel banana and slice down the middle.  Stuff with approximately ¼ c marshmallows and chocolate chips. Wrap loosely in aluminum foil and place on grill for 3-5 minutes or until chocolate melts slightly. Eat with spoon and ENJOY!



Difficulty- easy

Prep- 5 min.

Cook: NA

Serves 1

Serving Size- 1 apple sandwich


Sneaking in an extra serving of fruit will not be hard with these treats, this is perfect for a might lunch or snack option.






  • 2 small apples, cored and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick rounds
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut or almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons dark semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons rolled oats or granola



Spread one side of half of the apple slices with peanut or almond butter then sprinkle with chocolate chips and granola. Top with remaining apple slices, pressing down gently to make the sandwiches. Transfer to napkins or plates and serve.



The Hulk Smoothie

Difficulty- easy

Prep- 5 min.

Cook- N/A

Serving size- 1 shake (12-16 oz.)





This is a great way to sneak in both veggies and fruits.


1 handful spinach (fresh)

1 kiwi (peeled)

¼ – ½ cup berries

½ cup coconut or organic yogurt

½ c unsweet vanilla almond milk

¼ c pure pomegranate juice

5 ice cubes


Directions: Blend till smooth and serve