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Showing posts with label Eat a Rainbow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Eat a Rainbow. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Eat a Rainbow: Fresh Fruit Salad

I went to a cook out at a buddies house over the weekend which gave me the perfect excuse to do my second post of my Eat a Rainbow project. I wanted to do something sweet and pretty, so what was better to use than fresh fruit? I was like a kid in a candy store when I went to buy all the fruit because for some reason, I always seem to buy the same stuff. Not this time! I even got more than one fruit for some of the colors.

Fresh Fruit Salad

To make my rainbow I used:
Red: Strawberries, Apples
Orange: Papaya, Peaches
Yellow: Pineapple
Green: Kiwi, Grapes
Blue: Blueberries
Purple: Blackberries
Extras: Orange juice, Lime Juice, Mint

There wasn't much to do but cut all the fruit. I'm not exactly sure of all the measurements, but I have a pretty good idea. 

Fresh Fruit Salad
2 pints strawberries, quartered
2 red apples, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 large papaya, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 peaches, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 pineapple, cut into 1 inch pieces
4 kiwis, sliced
1/2 lb green grapes
1 pint blueberries
1 1/2 pints blackberries
Juice and zest from 1 orange
Juice and zest from 2 limes
Mint leaves to garnish

Wash and cut all fruit. Gently mix together. Top with juice and zest; gently stir to combine. Top with mint. Refrigerate until use. (The juice from the orange and lime were used so the fruit did not brown).

I actually split this up into 2 medium-large bowls.

I froze the leftovers and I'm really excited to try some new smoothies-especially a tropical one! :) Yum!

What's your favorite fresh fruit?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Eat a Rainbow: Dried Fruit and Nut Mix

This is my first "recipe" for my Eat a Rainbow project and I am already having fun! I got a ton of amazing dried fruit and nuts and put together my rainbow.

Dried Fruit and Nut Mix

To make my rainbow I used: 
Red: Cranberries, Strawberries
Orange: Apricots
Yellow: Pineapple, Bananas
Green: Pistachios
Blue: Blueberries
Purple: Prunes, Dates
Extras: Pecans, Almonds

I chopped up the fruit that was bigger and measured everything out. 

Then I threw everything in a big bowl and mixed it up.

There are so many great combinations of fruit and nuts that you could put together, but here is what I did. 

Dried Fruit and Nut Mix
1/2 C dried cranberries
1/2 C dried strawberries
1/2 C dried blueberries
1/2 C dried pineapple pieces
1/2 C banana chips
1/2 C prunes, quartered
1/2 C apricots quartered
1/2 C dates
1 C pistacios, shelled, salted
1 C pecans, roasted and salted w/ sea salt
1 C almonds, roasted and salted w/ sea salt

3 of the 8 types of fruit in this mix are no sugar added. I hope to find more like that soon. As for the nuts, unsalted is obviously better for you, but I like a little salty with all the fruit. Doesn't that look amazing?

This would be a great gift idea! Just scoop some into cute little baggies, tie a ribbon around the top, and that's it! If you are a big snacker, like ME, it's not a bad idea to scoop some into a little individual bag so you don't over do it! 
From here, you could make this into a trail mix by adding shredded coconut, candy pieces or even cereal. Turning this into delicious granola bars would be simple too-in fact, I might have to try that. Or you could do what I did this morning and add a scoop to your oatmeal. Yum! 

This would also be a fun project to do with kids and a great way to get them interested in healthy foods. :)
Happy snacking!
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