Grilling with kids may lend itself to a steady diet of hot dogs and hamburgers in the summer, but these tips will help you sneak in fruits and veggies.
When warm summer weather hits, it’s fun to fire up the grill every night. But while your kids may be happy with a steady diet of hamburgers and hot dogs, you know you need to sneak more fruits and vegetables into their diet. Fortunately, just about anything you find in the produce section can be put on the grill—and made kid friendly.
Fruits become even sweeter when grilled. Some great selections for grilled fruits include bananas, mangos, peaches, watermelon and pineapple. Try adding a twist to your grilled fruit by sprinkling with cinnamon or drizzling with honey (perfect in grilled lemonade!). Create colorful fruit kabobs and serve them on skewers or, for a treat, with a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream or pound cake (sans the rum) for dessert.
When it comes to veggies, squash, zucchini, broccoli, peppers and carrots can be chopped into kid-friendly bite-sized bits. Veggies taste great plain but, for an added burst of flavor, sprinkle them with a little bit of garlic, red pepper flakes, rosemary or sage while on the grill.
6 quick tips for grilling your kids’ favorite fruits and veggies: