Too Good Summer Meal Guide
Summer Meal Guide for kids…easy. Simple…intentional.
7 lunches & snacks
“I’m hungry mom” is a phrase I often hear from my 4-year-old, who I pack lunch for every single day. This summer I’ll be hearing “mom I’m hungry” a lot more because this is the first summer that we will be keeping him out of daycare (pray for my strength and creativity)! Summer is a really fun time for families but let’s be honest; it's hard to keep groceries longer than 4 days and kids are always asking for snacks. Although I believe some hunger may be tied to boredom, I am passionate about providing intentional foods for my family. I’ve put together an intentional 7-day meal guide including snacks, to help you make lunch and snack time healthier and easier.
Don’t hesitate to give your kid a new food simply because you “think” they won’t like it or because YOU don’t like it. Introducing a variety of healthy foods to your kid(s) frequently at a young age, will help them to choose healthier foods as they grow older and they will develop a love for raw vegetables and fruit. My son eats whole raw green salads at age 4 and drinks plain ole water at dinner time, so setting the tone at a young age is proven to work…even if that means being the example for our kids to follow first. Together we can fight childhood obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and every other chronic health disease that thinks it’s going to stop our families from living their best lives!
Some foods you may see *organic next to it because some fruits/veggies I only buy organic due to the amount of pesticides and chemicals that may come in contact with the un-shielded skin of the fruit/vegetable.
A lot of the snacks I feed my son are from my husbands and I company, Too Good Eats; which specializes in crafting unique and delicious healthy snacks that get your whole family excited about fruit and veggies! Please visit www.TooGoodEats.com to learn more about our goodness and to order Too Good Eats ice pops and snack pouches to your door, with our 0 commitment monthly subscription boxes.
Majority of our shopping list is done at Trader Joes…Joes is cost effective and delicious.
Pro-Tip: Explore a variety of fruits and veggies with your child while you prepare their food or even while you shop at the grocery store. Have a fun test taste while you prepare your kiddos meals and explain to them why certain foods are so good for their growing bodies! My son is obsessed with every superhero and his dad’s muscles so I tell him that if he keeps eating all of his veggies he will be like his favorite superhero and dad! (I believe in bribery and guided problem solving to help kids make their own healthy choices).
Meal 1: Turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread, use hummus as your spread, pair with cucumbers and mozzarella string cheese.
Snack one: *organic apple slices (cut them yourself to save money)
Meal 2: Sun butter sandwich with 4 banana slices cut on each slice of bread for added flavor and fun-we call it the “Sun butter Monkey Sandwich,” and pair with baby carrots.
Snack 2: Too Good Eats-Too Good Green Ice Pop
Meal 3: Turkey Roll ups with mozzarella string cheese, hummus, and spinach-
- this all in one nutritional roll up is fun to eat and your little one is getting protein, healthy fats, vitamins directly from the spinach, and calcium. The spinach is easy to hide on the roll up if you cut it finely and mix it in with the hummus.
- Pair roll ups with a side of fresh spinach and use a light raspberry vinaigrette to top it with-Trader Joes has the best light raspberry vinaigrette.
Snack 3: Too Good Eats- Carrot Mango Ginger snack pouch
Meal 4: Whole wheat Tortilla Pizza’s topped with Trader Joes pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese paired with a side pan tossed zucchini.
Directions: total time 15 minutes or less:
- heat tortillas in the oven on 400 for about 5 minutes front and back, take them out and place on foil/counter
- top the tortilla with pizza sauce and cheese then place the pizza in the oven for about 5 more minutes or until the cheese is melted
- wash and dry zucchini
- add a teaspoon of olive oil to skillet
- cut zucchini into small-medium size pieces
- add zucchini into the pan to pan toss until browned/softer but still firm (add fresh lemon for seasoning)
Snack 4: Too Good Eats- Sweet Red Ice Pop
Meal 5: Crazy for chicken nuggets Pair nuggets with roasted sweet potatoes.
- 2 chicken breast
- one egg
- plain bread crumbs
- olive oil
- Boil chicken breast in water for 20 minutes- let the water boil first and then add chicken. Don’t dry out your chicken!
- Put cooked chicken, egg, and salt in your blender and blend until smooth!
- Pack your chicken into tiny balls or use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes and then roll your shapes into your bread crumbs to coat the chicken.
- Put some olive oil on your baking sheet with foil to make your nuggets crispy and place your chicken nuggets onto to baking sheet to go into the oven for about 12 minutes at 400 degrees. (flip half way through if you want crispy sides on both ends)
- Dip in your favorite sauce and enjoy!
- Directions for Roasted Sweet Potatoes: two large sweet potatoes (always make enough to last for the next day…they’re that good!) cinnamon, ½ table spoon of brown sugar, olive oil.
- Cut sweet potatoes into medium pieces (not so pretty picture below), put olive oil onto your baking sheet, put sweet potatoes onto your baking sheet and top with cinnamon and brown sugar, bake at 400 for 30 minutes, and enjoy!
Snack 5: Too Good Eats Tart Berry Ginger Ice Pop (my personal Too Good Eats fav!)
Meal 6: Salmon (we buy the frozen fillet bag from Costco) paired with mixed greens and topped with *organic blueberries and raspberry vinaigrette. (Salad perfect for two or more!)
Snack 6: Too Good Eats-Apple Cinnamon Zucchini and Date snack pouch
Meal 7: Zucchini Noodles paired with pasta sauce, mushrooms, and whole wheat toast on the side.
Directions: buy zucchini noodles OR save money and purchase a zucchini noodle spiralizer from amazon here: The Veggetti https://www.amazon.com/Veggetti/b/ref=w_bl_hsx_s_ki_web_9123349011?ie=UTF8&node=9123349011&field-lbr_brands_browse-bin=Veggetti
- Wash and Spiral zucchini
- add zucchini into a heated pan with olive oil for only 3 minutes
- add fresh lemon for taste
- add zucchini noodles to serving bowls
- heat pasta sauce and mushrooms
- add your zucchini to the sauce, and enjoy!
You and your kids will love this light and tasty noodle alternative, it’s literally more delicious than pasta!!
Snack 7: frozen sliced bananas