Summer is here! That means you will have more free time to spend with the family. This free time also provides you with the opportunity to promote healthy choices that your kids have already gotten the chance to learn at school. You can easily do this by including the family in at-home cooking adventures and by using the knowledge they have learned at school in the kitchen. Try these healthy and delicious recipes with your family this summer:
- Almond and Oat Bars. These delicious and filling breakfast treats can provide the perfect morning boost for all members of the family. Almonds are a source of healthy fat that offers protein and increased energy. Oats can help maintain a healthy blood pressure level and cholesterol level. Start breakfast by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and lining a baking pan with foil. Mix ½ cup vegetable oil, ½ cup honey, two teaspoons vanilla extract, and one large egg. Mix two cups oats, ¾ cup flour, ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup sliced almonds, ½ cup wheat germ, ½ cup raisins, and ¾ teaspoons salt in a separate bowl. Combine the two mixtures and spread evenly into the baking pan. Bake for approximately 30 minutes.
- Sunny Chicken Pockets. This meal combines the flavor and health benefits of oranges, chicken, and peas. Cut an eight ounce rotisserie chicken into pieces, and then add sections of two Florida oranges, and ½ cup of peas. Separately, mix 1/3 cup light mayonnaise, one tablespoon of Florida orange juice, and ½ teaspoon of grated Florida orange zest. Add the second mixture to the first mixture and stir them together. Fill opened halves of pitas with the chicken mixture and you are ready to eat!
- Space Coast Smoothie. This refreshing drink is the perfect choice for a hot summer day. Add one cup of Florida grapefruit juice to your blender. Next, add ½ cup vanilla yogurt, two tablespoons of mojito or mint-flavored syrup, and four ice cubes. Blend your combination until it has a rich and smooth consistency.
You can find more great recipes from the team here at Florida Citrus. Give us a call today at (813) 379-2736 for more information!