Fruit Facts + Crunchy Summer Fruit Salad Recipe

Fruit is one of the best kinds of food for you and there’s no better time to eat some fresh, juicy produce than during the hot summer days. Summer fruits include berries (Chipper‘s favorite!), melons, peaches, nectarines and plums. Eating fruits is apart of any healthy diet and helps reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease. Dr. Oz noted a new study in the Journal of Clinical Nursing found that children who don’t like fruits and vegetables are 13 times more likely to be constipated! Not drinking enough water was also a risk factor. Fruits have a lot of water in them and are a great hydrating snack. Fruits are also very  high in Vitamin C, which keeps teeth and gums healthy and your body happy!

Women should eat one and a half to two cups daily and kids over the sage of 2 should eat at least one to one and a half cups of fruit per day. If you wash some fresh, organic fruit today and cut them into bite size pieces for a snack, use left overs for a fruit salad tomorrow! Freeze extra fruits, like berries, to eat later before they go bad. “You are what you eat” is an extremely accurate quote. What you eat effects how you feel, mentally and physically, so eat good!

FRUIT Tips:

1. Shop for fruits that are in season since they cost less and taste better.

2. Dip cut-up fruits like apples and bananas in lemon juice to prevent browning.

3. Wash fruits just before using; water can cause early spoilage.

4. Eat different fruits for the greatest variety of tastes and nutrients.

Here’s a great, simple recipe to try out this summer to get some fruit in your diet:

CRUNCHY FRUIT SALAD RECIPE

• 1/4 Cantaloupe, cut into bite-sized pieces.

• 1 Large Stalk celery, sliced.

• 2 cups blueberries

• 1/4 cup reduced-fat ranch salad dressing

• Lettuce leaves

• 1 cup favorite crispy or crunchy cereal

In a medium bowl, mix cantaloupe, celery, blueberries, and dressing until blended. Cover and refrigerate. Just before serving, arrange lettuce leaves in 4 salad bowls, or on plates. Spoon fruit mixture over lettuce. Top each serving with 1/4 cup of cereal.

(Makes 4 servings; Each serving provides 111 calories, 1.6 grams protein, 21 grams carbohydrates, 2.3 grams fat, 180 milligrams sodium, 3.2 grams fiber.)

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