June 28, 2013
All of summer’s delicious fruits are here! Juicy peaches, sweet melons and tangy plums have arrived and are plentiful in the markets. While delicious on their own, try these quick and simple twists with your kids for a special summer snack!
Equipment: Melon scooper (can be found in the kitchen equipment aisle in most grocery stores)
½ medium-sized watermelon
1 honeydew melon
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
¼ cup honey
Slice the honeydew and cantaloupe in half and scoop out the seeds. To create the melon balls, use the melon scooper to scoop each of the melon halves into a large bowl.
In a separate small bowl, squeeze the juice of one lime. Mix the honey and chopped mint into the lime juice and stir well. Drizzle over the melon balls and mix.
4 ripe apricots
½ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
¼ cup fresh blueberries (or use dried fruit such as blueberries, cranberries or cherries)
Slice each apricot in half, removing the seed from the middle. Place the apricot halves on a plate with the pit side facing up. Spoon approximately 1 tablespoon of yogurt into the pitted area of the apricot half and repeat until all apricot halves are full. Top the yogurt with one blueberry (or whichever berry you choose) and serve.
1 English cucumber
1-2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
Cut the cucumber into 1/8-inch slices. Squeeze the lemon juice over the cucumber slices and then sprinkle with salt and chili powder.
Mary Saph TanakaContributor
Mary Saph Tanaka, MD, MS, developed her love for cooking at a young age, with fond memories of planting and cooking vegetables from the garden with her mother. She regularly utilizes locally grown ingredients and her knowledge of nutrition and herbs to prepare nutritious meals for family and friends. She is completing her pediatrics training at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital as part of the Community Health and Advocacy Training program. She developed the recipes for the recently released book “’Eat Your Vegetables’ and Other Mistakes Parents Make: Redefining How to Raise Healthy Eaters” written by Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD (Healthy Learning, 2012).