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Summer Lovin'

There is nothing better in the summer than fresh fruit.  All the fun varieties…I really can’t get enough.  I get so excited walking into a Farmer’s Market or produce department with rows & rows of fresh fruit.  I have really broadened my horizons over the past couple of years with fruit…just ask my family, I didn’t eat fruit.  Period.  And God forbid if fruit was in my food.  By food I mean salad, main dishes, vegetables, etc.  No, thank you.  That has all changed now.  I can’t get enough!! 

cherries

Some of my favorites:

  • Cherries (Bing or Ranier)
  • Plums (all kinds)
  • Pluots (cross between an apricot & a plum…awesome!)
  • Watermelon (seedless, please)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Peaches (all)
  • Nectarines (all)
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries (Golden & Red)
  • Bananas (kind of a staple)
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Apricots
  • Cara Cara Navel Oranges (I save these more for the winter)

I have come up with all kinds of different ways to incorporate fruit into my food now.  Yes, it is now allowed to mingle with my other food.  ;)   Some of my favorite ways to eat fruit:

  • Berries on salads
  • Cherries pitted & cut up on salads or in cottage cheese (this last combo is amazing!)
  • Pears on salads/sandwiches w/goat cheese or feta
  • Pineapple on salmon or spicy turkey burgers
  • Any of the above with Greek yogurt then topped with flax seed
  • On dry cereal (berries, bananas, plums & peaches)
  • In a stir fry or rice bowl mix
  • On top of peanut butter or almond butter toast or rice cakes
  • On top of oatmeal
  • In Chia Goodness cereal
  • On Ice Cream (berries are the best!)
  • Made into Ice Cream (Bananas)

I can come up with endless ideas.  :)  The best thing about fruit?  You don’t have to research whether or not it is gluten-free.  A naturally gluten-free food is the best, in my opinion.  You are packing tons of nutrients when you eat fruit…fiber & vitamins that your body needs.  Whole foods are so much better for our bodies than processed junk.  Treat yourself right and grab some fruit today!

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