Everyone loves fruit right ? Here are 5 mouth watering ways to use fruit to sweeten up your healthy diet.
At the supermarket or farmers’ market, choose dry, plump, and brightly colored berries with no obvious rotten spots. Avoid containers with juice stains — this is a sign that the berries either have been mishandled or are overripe. Also be on the lookout for mold — it travels like wildfire through berries, so avoid containers with signs of this blue-gray fuzzy stuff. If you’ve ever bought an otherwise perfect looking batch of strawberries with just one bad one and the next day the whole box is crap, you know what I’m talking about.
Store the berries unwashed in the refrigerator in a covered container. Fresh berries don’t stay fresh long and are best used within a few days of purchase ( if they last that long in your home. They don’t in mine!) Berries can also be stored in the freezer for up to four months; just spread the berries out on a cookie tray and freeze before you throw them into a smaller container or resealable plastic bag.
Here are the 5 delicious ways to enjoy berries this summer:
1- For dessert whip together a yogurt parfait! Layer non-fat, low sugar Greek yogurt with berries and low sugar or sugar-free granola. Just as good as a sundae, but won’t add inches to that waistline !
2- You know you just want a burger and fries for dinner because salads are just so…. blah. But don’t! We are fit mammas! Add some grilled berries to a salad of grilled veggies and chicken or lean beef and you might actually enjoy it! Use a grill topper to make sure you don’t lose berries at the bottom of the grill. Serve over fresh mesclun, romaine or fresh spinach. Add nuts for a little healthy crunch and chow down!
3- Make this sweet and spicy strawberry avocado salsa and serve it as a topping for your healthy chicken , fish or shrimp.
Strawberry Avocado Salsa
1 cup finely chopped strawberries
1/4 cup finely chopped peeled avocado
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper
1/4 teaspoon stevia
*Mix together and voilà! Foodgasm in your mouth!
4- Whip up a refreshing summer protein smoothie with fat-free sugar-free almond milk, non-fat plain Greek yogurt, and frozen mixed berries. Don’t forget to add a scoop of vanilla protein! Go easy on the yogurt and add extra ice to thicken. Too much dairy is no Bueno !
5- Make a refreshing summer “spritzer” by mixing fresh lime juice , seltzer, and some of your favorite berries muddled together with fresh mint , basil or cilantro ! Add in a sugar-free water flavor mixer like Mio or Crystal lite for extra flavor and if you MUST add a little vodka to get the party started! My favorite is the margarita flavor!
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