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.
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.
1. Fruit Salads
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.
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.
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.
is another great way to ensure you're getting enough fruit servings a
day, and can also help boost your overall energy levels.
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.
9. Dried Fruit
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
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
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.
can be a great addition to your toast in the morning, and if made the
right way can be nutritious as well.
are a summer past time, and there's no reason you can't infuse yours
with some fresh fruit.
15. Fruit Cakes
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.
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.
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!
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