If you’re a fan of fruits, or are trying to include them in your diet more often, you have probably had a fruit salad at some point. Whether you like to have it as a snack, or after a meal as a super healthy dessert, fruit salads are mostly popular during the summer because of how refreshing they are (especially if you like to add some orange juice to the mix and cool it). Because of the lower temperatures, we are less likely to crave refreshing fruits during the colder seasons. This should sound counter intuitive, since it is the time when our immune system is most vulnerable, and most fruits contribute to getting the nutrients that we need to have a wholesome diet.
Today, Team SALUD brings you a variation to your classic fruit salad that you can have in the colder seasons.
- Oranges or clementines
You can include some base fruits in your fruit salad that are available pretty much all year round, like apples, grapes and bananas. What will make this fruit salad special is including in-season fruits like oranges or clementines, grapefruits and kiwis. Kiwis, as well as the citrus mentioned before, are packed with vitamin C, which is key in helping prevent colds and general immune system lows.
Salad fruit is generally versatile, and there aren’t many rules to it. Just cut up all the fruits into bite-sized pieces, and you’re practically set. You can have your fruits alone, or add the juice of your favorite citrus fruit to make it extra refreshing. Since it is pretty cold, it may be best to not refrigerate it for too long.
You can also pass up on the juice and add a bit of whipped cream to make a real dessert out of it, or you can add the fruits to a plain yogurt. If you are feeling adventurous, and you’re sure you don’t have a nut allergy, you can add coconut flakes, or small pieces of walnuts or almonds to your salad. Dry fruits like nuts and almonds are great to have this time of the year, since they help keep a balance on our body temperature.
Have in mind that bananas ripen and darken pretty quickly, which is why it’s best to add them in just before serving the fruit salad. To also avoid the apples from getting dark, you can sprinkle them with some lemon juice.
There is no right or wrong way to make a fruit salad, but it is a great way to include fruits in your diet.
We hope you liked our take on fruit salad, and that you stay tuned to read our next recipe!
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