A Delicious and Nutritious July 4th Celebration

Have an explosion of tastes this Fourth of July with fun summer recipes.  As gardens bloom, the variety of fruits and veggies available at your local farmers market or grocery store will grow.  Try choosing in-season produce with sweet, cool, and refreshing treats by including fruits like:
    •  Blueberries
    • Strawberries
    • Cantaloupe
    • Watermelon
    • Cherries
Veggies that are also in season can be used in recipes are:
    • Beets
    • Carrots
    • Bell peppers
    • Corn
    • Summer squash
    • Zucchini
Fresh Fruity Kabobs are a quick snack that the whole family will enjoy making.  Place bowls of fruit on the table and let your child choose what they would like to place on their kabob.  Not only is this a fun activity, but a great way to encourage children to eat fruits.  Add a festive twist by using strawberries, bananas, and blueberries. 

A chilled pasta dish is a great way to serve whole grains and celebrate the holiday.  Confetti Spaghetti combines whole-wheat pasta with red bell peppers, cauliflower, and purple cabbage.  This red, white, and blue dish is quick and easy to make.  You can also add any other favorite veggies to this dish. 

Get ready for your Fourth of July celebrations by getting in the kitchen with your family and trying a new nutritious, quick, and cool summer dish!

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