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As summer looms on the horizon, it feels like the days ahead are plentiful. But then as September starts to creep up, I always get this feeling of panic like there’s still so much I haven’t done yet! I brainstormed some ways to get the most of summer so I have ready-to-go ideas for days when we have nothing planned. So far I have 21 things we’re planning to tick off our list this summer.
After a day of summer fun, it’s nice to enjoy a hot meal at home. But when I’m on the go from sunrise to sunset, I’m in no mood to cook dinner for the family. Of course if you know me, you know that I always have a plan. Everyone at our house is happy when it’s a Healthy Choice® Cafe Steamers night! The Beef Merlot has bright, crunchy vegetables to go with the tender beef. Click the image below to shop our favorite dinner solution for busy summer nights!
I keep my freezer stocked with Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers. There are a variety of delicious recipes to fit everyone’s taste preferences. My favorite is the Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers are so convenient because they cook up in minutes. But, don’t tell the kids, they’re also packed with veggies! I love how easy they are to prepare when I’m short on time, and my family loves the variety of tasty sauces. This Chicken Marinara has a wonderful rich flavor!
When I don’t have time to run to Walmart, I add a handful of Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers to my online grocery cart. That way I don’t lose any summer play time on errands! If you haven’t tried the Walmart Online Grocery Service, I suggest you check to see if it’s available in your area. You buy online and they bring it right out to your car!
With dinner at home taken care of, make the most of your summer days by trying some of these fun summer activities!
Go on a family bike ride. Check online for local bike trails, or take a destination ride to the beach or park.
Go stargazing and look for shooting stars. Take a drive away from the city for an even brighter lights show!
Catch an outdoor concert. There are plenty of free concerts in the park to choose from on warm summer afternoons.
Go for a swim. Take a dip in a swimming hole or hit up the beach or pool. We pull out our Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers to help us refuel after a day at the beach. The Beef Teriyaki is my favorite!
Stroll through a farmer’s market. Bring reusable bags and fill up on fresh local produce!
See an outdoor movie. Pull in to a drive-in or catch a movie in the park. Some public pools also have “Float n’ Flick” events where you watch a movie while swimming! Volunteer. Lend a helping hand with park cleanups or offer to help at a soup kitchen or pet shelter.
Take a spin in a kayak. Hot tip: This is a great way to work out your abs and the life vests cover up your tummy.
Go on a geocaching adventure. This is also a great way to find off-the-beaten-path local spots.
Play at a splash pad. Everyone loves to cool off in these creative sprinklers.
Visit the museum. Play tourist in your hometown!
Put a pause on TV-time. Go on a fast from watching TV and instead play board games or read books.
Visit the fair. Make some time while you’re there to look at the cool exhibits and animals, in addition to the rides and attractions.
Go fishing. No poles? No problem! Bring a bucket to the creek and try to catch a crawdad!
Take a summer reading challenge. Libraries usually have a full schedule of summer activities, so we always make sure to take advantage of them.
Compile a Summer Photo Album. Don’t forget to snap a photo of each adventure. At the end of the summer put your pictures together for a homemade yearbook of summer family fun.
Have a late-afternoon picnic and watch the sunset. Rejuvenate your mind and soul with some fresh air and peaceful scenery.
Rearrange your living space. Give your living room or bedroom a fresh new look by switching around the furniture. Every time I do this it makes me feel like I moved into a new place!
Write a letter to a relative or friend. Break out the old-fashioned pencil and paper and let a loved one know you’re thinking of her.
Roast S’mores. In the backyard or at a campground, these tasty treats are easy to make anywhere you go!
Go for a nature walk. Bring binoculars and step silently. You’d be amazed at the wildlife you might find!
While it is a good idea to make the most of your summer days, I do not recommend taking on too much in one day! Give yourself a break. After a long day of summer fun, you can bet you won’t be in the mood to cook. I suggest having a quick and easy frozen meal on hand to fill hungry bellies after a busy day of summer adventures.
Since 1989, Healthy Choice has been offering healthy options with delicious gourmet flavors. They are easy to prepare, and cooked with steam for freshness you can taste. Find them at a Walmart near you!