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The Coolest Recipes to Beat the Summer Heat

Submitted by Edmonton Public Library

Written by Caroline Land

Weather forecasters are predicting a hot summer in Edmonton. Looking for ways to beat the heat? Check out EPL's collection of cookbooks for desserts that can help keep you cool all summer long. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! These are perennial favourites and go down easy on hot summer days:

Icebox Desserts Go beyond ice cream with these ideas for cool parfaits, mousses, puddings, and more. I bet your grandparents' iceboxes never looked like this!


People's Pops Think that popsicles are just for kids? Think again! Check out some of New York City's hottest pops in this book from Brooklyn's People's Pops.


Pops! Do you like your pops chocolatey? Maybe fruit-flavoured pops are more your thing. Pops! promises icy treats for everyone, no matter what your taste preferences are.


Paletas Add a Mexican twist to your popsicles and treats with this book of recipes for paletas and other icy delights.


The Vegan Scoop Looking for a vegan alternative to ice cream? Try The Vegan Scoop for some ideas!


After you've eaten your ice cream and you need a break from the sun, drop by any of our air conditioned locations to check out even more books and cool off for even for longer!

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Kid-Friendly Road Food

August 1st, 2016

By: Kerri Leland

As most parents know, traveling with kids means packing a lot of extra things for the trip - and a good supply of food is no exception.

Depending on the length of your trip, a cooler and picnic basket are good things to bring along. Packed with the right ingredients, you should be prepared for almost any snack-attack or meal time when on the road.

With safety in mind, it’s a good idea to keep the cooler or picnic basket in a place that is within easy reach of an adult or older child. The last thing you want on a long road trip is to be stopping every hour or so to rummage around in the trunk or far reaches of your mini van or SUV. As well, dividing your attention between the road and the almost-within-reach stash of food is very dangerous.

Some children feel anxious or uncomfortable when traveling; packing some of their favourite snacks is a good way for them to feel connected with home. As well, packing some snacks individually in small, re-sealable bags is a good idea. Children can become overwhelmed if presented with too many options, so if you can just hand them a little bag of snacks, the whole process can be a lot simpler.

Paper plates, bowls, cups, forks, knives and spoons are convenient. To reduce the amount of waste you create using them, consider washing them at rest stops or at your hotel. You can pack them again, and reuse them on the next leg of your trip. As well, fill re-useable drink containers with ice and water in the morning, and you’ll have a cold drink for a good portion of the day.

Providing healthy choices for kids while traveling is ultimately up to the people who pack the food – typically the parents. Fitness expert Paul Plakas says parents don’t need to trick their kids into eating healthy foods, even while on the road – it’s what those little bodies crave. Paul also shares a few suggestions for food to pack on a road trip:

"Some good choices are whole wheat melba toast, organic yogurt, dried fruits, raw unsalted nuts like almonds, frozen grapes (taste like candy), or oatmeal raisin cookies made with three quarter apple sauce ratio to one quarter butter," says Paul. "If you leave healthy food out and just expose them to these choices, kids will eat them because it is there."

Eating in a vehicle can create a big mess of crumbs and mysterious smears on the upholstery. Some low-mess, healthy ideas for food to pack are:

  • Mini boxes of cereal. These are great for breakfast on the road or even as a snack.
  • Cereal bars or granola bars
  • Trail mix
  • Cheese strings. Crumb-free and a good source of protein, these can survive out of the cooler for shorter trips. On longer trips, keep them fresh for longer in a cooler.
  • Mini boxes of raisins
  • Fruit such as apples and pears. These don’t have to be cold, they’re healthy, and  they won’t make a mess.
  • Bottled water or juice boxes. Re-useable drink containers may be a better option for little ones inclined to squeeze the juice boxes, though!

Planning ahead for your family’s food needs while on the road is a great way to save time and money. As well, offering healthy options to your family while on the road will help give everyone the energy to have fun!

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