Summer sun brings an abundance of outdoor activities from jumping in the pool and playing in the yard to simply lounging in the shade. Making the most of those warm weather moments with loved ones means maximizing your time and fueling up for adventure with easy, kid-friendly recipes the whole family can enjoy.

From favorite snacks to homemade lunches, flavorful dishes that are quick to make using nutritious fruits and veggies can help keep your family ready for whatever summer brings. Dietitian-approved recipes like Peanut Butter and Jelly Sweetpotato Taquitos and Easy Homemade Salsa offer better-for-you summer solutions with healthy ingredients like sweet potatoes, blueberries, raspberries, sweet onions, Roma tomatoes, and more.

Ready in less than 30 minutes, these taquitos let you enjoy the convenient benefits of cooking with an air fryer, including:

  • Healthier cooking: Requiring little to no oil, air frying is a healthier alternative to deep frying.
  • Timesaving: Air fryers can cook foods faster than traditional methods and typically with less cleanup.
  • Versatility: From vegetables and meats to desserts or reheating leftovers, air fryers can cook a variety of foods.

“Get into the kitchen together as a family and get cooking,” says Julie Lopez, registered dietitian and culinary nutrition chef. “Cooking together can help kids build self-confidence and lay down the foundation for healthy eating habits.”

While shopping for your family’s preferred ingredients, remember to look for the Produce for Kids and Healthy Family Project logos next to your favorite items in the produce department, as adding these flavorful fruits and veggies to your cart can help make a difference in your community.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Sweetpotato Taquitos

Recipe courtesy of Tracy Shaw on behalf of Healthy Family Project
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1 cup sweet potatoes, peeled and diced small
  • nonstick olive oil spray
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, preferred nut butter or nut-free butter
  • 8 small, low-carb flour tortillas
  • 1 cup blueberries, washed and dried
  • 1 cup raspberries, washed and dried
  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 F.
  2. Add diced sweet potatoes to air fryer basket and lightly spray with olive oil spray. Cook sweet potatoes 10 minutes, shaking the basket 1-2 times to toss sweet potatoes.
  3. Transfer cooked sweet potatoes to a medium bowl; add peanut butter and mix well.
  4. Lay tortillas on the counter and place 1-2 tablespoons sweet potato mixture on each tortilla.
  5. Add blueberries and raspberries next to the sweet potato mixture.
  6. Roll each tortilla tightly. Place rolled tortillas, seam sides down, in the air fryer.
  7. Spray tortillas lightly with olive oil spray.
  8. Cook in air fryer for 6-7 minutes.

Easy Homemade Salsa

Recipe courtesy of Healthy Family Project
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1/2  small RealSweet sweet onion, halved
  • 5 mini sweet peppers, seeded and quartered
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 1/2 limes, juice only
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons garlic salt, or to taste
  • tortilla chips
  1. In food processor, blend onion, peppers, tomatoes, lime juice, cilantro, and garlic salt until desired consistency is reached. Serve with tortilla chips.

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