17 Ways to Eat Summer Fruits

17 Ways to Eat Summer Fruits

Summer fruits are typically cold and refreshing, and can provide just

the right amount of sweetness to keep those taste buds satisfied on a

hot and humid day. In-season summer fruits

can include mangoes, coconuts, pears, strawberries, peaches and berries.

These fruits all provide a variety of health benefits, including being

loaded with vitamins and in some cases, antioxidants as well.

Luckily

enough, there are a variety of ways that you can enjoy these summer

fruits and we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to enjoy these

delicious, juicy treats.

Read more about the healthiest fruits to eat today

1. Fruit Salads

Fruit

salads are one of the easiest ways to enjoy a melody of fruits and can

be great for breakfast or as a light after dinner dessert as well.

2. Grilled Fruit

Grilling fruits are a welcome addition to any barbeque and can be grilled on

their own or added to skewers. The next time you’re barbecuing, try

throwing some pineapple on the grill for a zesty addition to your meal.

3. Marinades

Marinades can make or break your barbeque, and choosing the right fruit can add the right kick to your meal. Cherries work great as a marinade, and can help with post-workout muscle recovery.

4. Frozen Fruit

Frozen fruit can be a quick and resourceful way to bulk up your smoothies, but

they can also lightly flavor your drinks as well. Try freezing some

raspberries and dropping them into some ice water for more of a kick.

5. Fruit Salsas

Traditional salsas are heavy on tomatoes, but if you’re looking to mix things up a bit, try this delicious watermelon and mango salsa or this grapefruit salsa. Watermelons are loaded with vitamins and also lycopene, which can help fight cardiovascular disease.

6. Smoothies

Smoothies

are a great way to start your day, and depending on what’s in them, can

provide a host of health benefits. Try Andrea’s very own Green Smoothie recipe for an energizing treat.

7. Juices

Juicing

is another great way to ensure you’re getting enough fruit servings a

day, and can also help boost your overall energy levels.

8. Raw

This

one’s pretty straight forward. There really is nothing like enjoying a

piece of fruit raw and on its own. Apples and pears are both loaded with

vitamins and other nutrients, and can be the perfect post-meal dessert, as

they contain just the right amount of sweetness.

Read: Are Vegetables Healthier Raw or Cooked?

9. Dried Fruit

Dehydrating

fruit is a hobby for some and can be a great way to preserve fruit to

enjoy later. Dried fruits make a great snack for kids and adults alike.

10. Trail Mixes

Once

you’ve become a master at drying and preserving fruit, adding them to

your trail mixes can bring just the right amount of sweetness to your

snack. Trail mixes are normally filled with peanuts, nuts and seeds,

and adding dried fruit like cranberries or apples can add a necessary

sweetness to keep your snack fresh and tasty.

11. Desserts and Pies

For those of you with a bit of a sweet tooth, fresh fruits work great in dessert pies. Try Lauren Cahn’s Three Fruit Summer pie, which is guaranteed to please.

12. Fresh Fruit and Greek Yogurt

Greek

yogurt is all the rage now, as its typically low in calories but high

in protein. It’s a great snack, but it can be made even better by adding

fresh fruit to it. Try adding fresh strawberries to increase your antioxidant intake.

Read more about rules to remember when buying yogurt

13. Jams

Jams

can be a great addition to your toast in the morning, and if made the

right way can be nutritious as well.

14. Lemonades

Lemonades

are a summer past time, and there’s no reason you can’t infuse yours

with some fresh fruit.

15. Fruit Cakes

Traditional

dessert cakes can be loaded with excess fat and even artificial

flavors. Add sliced fruit to your next cake or try Andrea’s Upside Down Apple Honey Cake.

16. Slushies

Similar to smoothies, but maybe more for the kids (or the kid at heart!),

slushies can be a refreshing treat for anyone, and if made the right way

can be a healthy choice too. Most store bought slushies are loaded with

gross syrups loaded with artificial flavors and colors, but it’s easy to make your own.

Read more about ways to use flavored ice cubes

17. Toppings

This

is the easiest one! Any fruit of your liking can make a great topping

to almost any dish. You can add fresh fruit to water, blueberries to

cereals, or strawberries to your salad. Be creative!

References: The Huffington Post, SCAD District, Pounds4Pennies

Image via Rob Bertholf

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