Getting all of your recommended fruits and vegetables is so much easier to do during the summer than at any other time of year. With strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, and more coming into season, there's no better time to make sure your grocery cart (or farmer's market basket) is stacked with in-season fruits.
But it's sometimes easier to stock the house with fresh fruit than it is to make sure it all gets eaten by the time it goes bad. With that in mind, we wanted to offer up some ways to incorporate some healthy and refreshing fruit into snacks all summer. With these recipes, you'll never have to have the same thing twice (unless you want to, of course!)
One of the easiest ways to mix up your summer fruits is to literally mix them up. With very little time or effort, you can create a summer fruit salad that will transform a quick snack into nearly a meal all on its own.
This example, taken from The Kitchn, is a simple salad made with watermelon, sliced strawberries, and blueberries. This would be dynamite on its own, but it also includes a recipe for a dressing made from honey and cinnamon, just in case you need a little extra sweetness to the whole thing off.
Smoothies are the perfect way to make use of fruit that is becoming slightly too ripe to use in any other way. By simply blending fresh fruit with some Greek yogurt, fruit juice, almond milk or another base, there are nearly no limits to the number of healthy combinations that you can make.
Good Housekeeping has a few excellent examples listed on their website. We're big fans of the Strawberry Fields, which uses strawberries and coconut water. The Green Goddess, on the other, will be a wonderful way to sneak some spinach into the treat of the family's pickiest eater. We promise they'll never know.
Similar to smoothies, homemade popsicles can be made from just about any fruit that you pick up from the market this summer. By combining fruit juice with fresh fruit, a little honey for sweetness, and maybe some Greek yogurt for a little extra protein, there is no limit to the number of combinations that you can make. Better yet - without the use of high-fructose corn syrup or other added sugars, they can be quite a bit healthier than your store-bought variety.
Because of how easy these can be to do, you can easily turn an afternoon of popsicle making into an activity that the entire family can get into. This blog over at Modern Honey has a great list of recipes to get you started!
Top it Off
Just because you're making a fruit recipe doesn't mean you have to leave everything else out. Substituting fruit for vegetables can be an easy way to reinvent dishes and make sure to get the use out of your fruit bowl.
Take this wonderful Summer Fruit Bruschetta, for example. Peaches, strawberries, and a little bit of balsamic vinegar make for a nice way to top off some toast points and goat cheese - giving your appetizer a sweet little twist. Take away the balsamic and add in peppers, onions, cilantro, and a little lime juice and you have a nice fruit salsa that would be a great topping for either pork or chicken.
We know it can be tricky to get all of the recommended fruits and vegetables. But, by adding some variety into the ways that you eat all of your fruits and vegetables, it can be easier to make sure these are part of your regular diet.