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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!! 


    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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