Find out how to make fruit a healthier summer sweets substitute! These recipes make fruity snacks just as fun and festive, as they are fresh.
Not only does summer bring longer days, more outdoor events, and the opening of pool...but it also brings along seasonal summer fruit! From apricots, sweet melon, and nectarines to rose apples, watermelon, and blueberries, the best fruits coming into season give us another reason to love summer.
Having these fruits at our fingertips makes them the perfect summer snack because of their freshness and taste, but also beauce First and foremost, fruit presents great health benefits because it’s largely composed of water. This quality promotes one’s brain power and the memory’s ability to recall information more easily. As well, fruit contains a lot of fiber that helps to prevent high blood pressure and decrease chances of heart disease.
There are several ways to incorporate these fruits into our diets, and with high summer spirits, these five recipes below make fruity snacks that are just as fun and festive, as they are fresh.
Kebabs are a great way to taste a variety of fruits at the same time, while creating a colorful presentation on the serving plate. All you need is wooden skewers and all your favorite fruits to get started. Simply cut larger fruits such as pineapple, melon, kiwi, etc. into bite size pieces and spear each fruit into a desired pattern. Mix it up and use multiple shapes such as grapes, halves of strawberries, and clementine slices. If one feels like getting fancy, use cookie cutters to slice fruit before skewing.
Fruits Water Pops:
Fruity popsicles are always a refreshing replacement for an icy dessert. They are natural, low in calories, and not to mention, appealing to the eye! To create, first appropriately size fruit in a mixing bowl, then arrange a fruit salad mixture the way you wish in each of your popsicle molds evenly. Pour white grape juice, or water for less sugary pops into the molds to cover the fruit. Then insert popsicle sticks, place molds in freezer, and when solid, enjoy your icy cold creation! Visit Popsugar’s “Martha Stewart’s Recipes” for more details.
Fruity Waffle Cones:
When one hears the ice cream truck coming around the corner, who doesn’t rush to get in line and buy that frozen treat?! Unquestionably, the warm weather always causes sweet fanatics to have ice cream on the brain. Indulging in an ice cream dessert is good because of the taste, but also because it is fun to eat in a yummy, crunchy cone. Fruity waffle cones still give one something fun to carry and munch on, yet with a nutritious serving of fruit, and without the excess calories of ice cream. “Simplify, Live, Love”, a blog that shares “down to earth tips for the thoughtful mama”, calls these fruit cones an, “easy summer fruit snack and a great way to sneak in a few more servings of fruit for kids.” Ingredients include: waffle cones, fresh fruit salad, whipped cream (optional), and sugar (optional). Add all elements into cone and then you’re ready to serve!
Most fruits contain several important nutrients, however one must also remember fruit has a great deal of natural sugars. This gives fruits their naturally sweet flavor that’s almost as nectarous as that of artificially made candy and gummies. As an alternative to manufactured confections, use the natural “tang” of grapes to make a delicious, low-fat snack. First, rinse grapes and allow them to dry for at least 15 minutes. Then, spread out the clean grapes onto a cookie sheet, piece of wax paper, or tray so they do not touch. Place grapes in the freezer for at least 4-5 hours, then pull out when ready to enjoy! Tips: Make sure grapes do not stay in the freezer too long, so they don’t lose too much flavor and texture.
Post-making these delicious fruit creations above, after all the cutting and measuring, there’s bound to be some leftovers. Considering the fast rate fruit tends to go bad, instead of throwing away the odd ends of produce left, make a smoothie! Make a mix of all your favorite fruits in the bunch, place them in the blender with a half cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a half cup of ice and enjoy. For a thicker and more simple option, just add a couple tablespoons of honey or agave to the fruit mix instead of the almond mix.