Summer means extra hands at home (dad’s a teacher), but somehow we always seem to be running out of time. We try to stay busy with swim lessons, library and story time, and making our way through all the museums in Arizona. In fact our swim lessons are at 7:55 a.m. something we did on purpose so we would have a full day to play. But this means we are usually making a quick breakfast and slathering sunscreen on as we run out the door. Then, we are making it home just before a reasonable dinner time. That’s why I love using shortcuts for making healthy meals throughout the summer. During the month of June (5/29-7/2) Safeway and affiliates are making it easy to stock up on #EverydayDairy essentials.
Over the past year we made the switch to making all our food and reducing pre-packaged food. That doesn’t mean we still don’t buy convenience foods like shredded cheese, juice, and yogurt to make fixing meals quick. Safeway has a great selection of natural and organic foods to help us create healthy meals for our entire family. And with their SAVE $5 when you spend $15 promo we were able to pickup some low fat dairy options on the cheap.
Our go to morning meal for our son is a yogurt parfait. It is the perfect quick meal filled with tons of protein and fiber to last us through the hot summer mornings. We start with a delicious yogurt base, sprinkle with some granola, and often top with some berries. It’s something my son can easily eat while we get ready for the day or even take in a cup on the road.
For dinner no one in the family will argue with pizza. It has all the major food groups, right? And since it’s officially grilling season we prefer getting a little hot grilling then heating up the whole house. Plus cleanup is so easy. It’s the perfect summertime meal on the table in 15 minutes or so. Start with your favorite pizza dough, top with a sauce, sprinkle with your favorite cheese like Kraft Shredded Cheese, and selection of other toppings like meat or veggies. Our favorites are cheese, BBQ chicken, and a white chicken pizza with fresh basil.