Happy Spring to the Northern Hemisphere! Have you ever picked an apple and ate it right from the tree? That taste and experience is what nourishment is all about. Some experts caution people on their fruit intake and I use to be one of them. Now, I am bringing fruity back.
The reason fruit may have gotten a bad rap was due to the sugar content of certain fruits and dried fruits. If you experience blood sugar imbalances try combining fruit with a healthy fat such as almonds, walnuts, shredded coconut, or chia seeds. If you do not have blood sugar imbalances, try having fruits alone, especially melons and other high water content fruits, and see how your body feels. For example, a grapefruit topped with mint may be a wonderful appetizer that satiates you and then you feel more balanced with a smaller dinner.
Here are some spring fruits and ideas on what to do with them:
Spring Fruits & Ideas:
- Grapefruit: Sparkling Grapefruit Mojito.
- Strawberries: with a dollop of coconut whip cream
- Apples: Topped with candied pecans
- Oranges: Fresh squeezed or an orange pesto dressing.
- Lemons: Lemon ice cubes
- Pears: Caramelized onion and pear salad
- Apricots: Grilled apricots drizzled with butter, honey and sliced almonds.
- Cherries: Warmed cherries topped with cinnamon and crushed nuts.
- Kiwis: Check out this recipe for rice pudding topped with kiwi: Click here
- Pineapple: Blend 1 kiwi, 1/2 cup of pineapple cubes, 1/4 cup iced green tea and ice.
Also, other tropical fruits can be fun to add in your fruity rotation. I had so much fun on this tropical fruit ranch, please check out this video if you want to learn about Cherimoya and passion fruits.
Heather Fleming, C.C.N.