20 Kid-Friendly (and Healthy!) Summer Recipes

It’s time to break away from the same old chicken nugget and mac-and-cheese routine. The summer brings with it a bounty of fresh fruits and veggies, which make for deliciously healthy dishes your kids will love.

Although it's easy to give into kids' pleas for the same old not-so-healthy foods, parents and caregivers should provide a variety of dishes that will help kids grow and develop. Happily, summer offers a great opportunity to break away from the same old chicken nugget and mac-and-cheese routine. The season's bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables make for deliciously healthy dishes kids will love. Here's a sampling.

Breakfast
Snacks
Mains
Sides & Salads
Dessert

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby's full bio »

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