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Let your fruits and veggies mingle!

Seriously, the fresh fruit this time of year is unbelievable.  For someone who eats fruits and veggies with every meal, the different varieties available now are bliss.  In fact, I have gotten so excited about fresh fruit and veggies, that I have been letting them mingle together in salads.  Here are my top three summer fruity salads:

Number Three: Nectarine, Cranberry, Pine Nut Salad

Over salad lettuce, I tossed some craisins (although, if I had more time, I would have used fresh cranberries), sliced nectarines, and pine nuts.  For a more savory salad, use arugula instead of salad lettuce.

Number Two: Pear and Walnut Salad

Over salad lettuce, I sprinkled sliced pear and chopped walnuts.  A great crunch combination.

Number One: Tomato, Basil, Watermelon Salad

My personal favorite.  I chopped very ripe yellow tomatoes, freshly cut watermelon, and fresh basil and layered the ingredients.  No lettuce needed.  An unexpectedly delicious combination!

All salads were topped with just simple olive oil and balsamic vinegar, but you could certainly get more creative with the dressing.  That is what’s great about salads… you can’t really mess them up.  Just find your favorite combination!

Happy Allergy Free Eating!

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Smoothie King… I mean, Queen

Half of my diet is meat/protein.  The other half is fruits and veggies.  For someone who used to actually have to count to see if I got in my minimal five servings of fruits and veggies a day, being dairy and gluten free makes that easy… fruits and veggies are present at almost every meal.  With such a hot summer upon us, smoothies have become my go-to snack.  With my Cuisinart blender, I can whip up a delicious and nutritious snack in no time (no packaging or preservatives needed)… and can come up with endless varieties!

Method:

In the winter, I use frozen fruit and fruit juice… fill the blender cup with fruit and pour juice until three quarters full.  (Added bonus- no need for ice because the fruit is already frozen.)  In the summer, I use fresh fruit, juice, and ice… fill the blender cup with fruit, 3-4 ice cubes, and pour juice until half full.  (Added bonus- summer fruits are amazingly tasty and fresh.)  I like my smoothies more on the juice side instead of on the suck-so-hard-you’re-cheeks-hurt side.

Madness:

In the winter, I stick to frozen strawberries, raspberries, and cranberry juice.  But in the summer, I am all about crazy combinations.  Here are some of my favorites:

Watermelon, strawberry, lime juice (I use Limeade juice)

Strawberry, pineapple, lemon juice (fresh or lemonade)

Cranberry, watermelon, orange juice

Cantaloupe, honey, lime juice

Strawberry, pomegranate, lime juice

Cranberry, ginger, apple juice (my recent personal favorite)

Other ideas still in the works in my kitchen include enhancing flavor with mint and other herbs, using soymilk and flaxseed for added nutritional benefits, adding rum for a grown up summer eve cocktail, and even sneaking a few veggies in there as well.

Happy Allergy Free Eating… and Healthy Living!

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