I don’t know about the rest of the world, but as everything turns brown in the winter, I find myself eating a lot of brown things too — bagels, pizza, brownies, cereal — basically anything full of carbs and bad for my self-esteem.
In the spring and summer, when everything is green outdoors, I’m more likely to sit down to a nice fresh salad or another non-heavy meal.
One of my favorite “healthy” summer recipes is an easy fruit salad. I would chop up a bunch of fresh fruit (usually grapes, bananas, strawberries, pineapples and blueberries) and mix them together in a large bowl. I would then sprinkle some sugar-free dry pudding mix on it and stir it again. Most of the time I couldn’t wait to have a small bowl of it, but it was always better after sitting in the refrigerator overnight.
I would save small portions of it in Rubbermaid containers, and it would usually last about four days in the refrigerator before the fruits would get too soggy to eat.
It may not be the healthiest way to get in your daily serving of fruits, but it is a lot better for you than eating dried fruit or trail mix, which is usually full of calories.
Since I have been trying to lose a few extra pounds before I go wedding dress shopping, I thought I would share one of my healthier carb-laden recipes to lighten and brighten up everyone’s snack time.
I found this recipe where I find most things: on Pinterest. I was searching for what fresh fruits and vegetables are available in the winter season when I came across this cooking blog. The winter salad recipe uses seasonal fruits and a bit of lemon juice, honey and poppy seeds to make the “dressing.”
If you are like me and do not have the time, nor patience to cut up a ton of fruit, buy the pre-cut or canned versions of pineapples and mandarin oranges. Just make sure you do not purchase the kind in a syrup or sweetened — trust me when I say this recipe is sweet enough by itself.
There are six servings in this recipe and about 180 calories per serving. If you are watching carbs or sugar, this might not be the recipe for you, but for the rest of us, it is healthier than the alternative!
Winter Fruit Salad
Recipe from dinneratthezoo.com
3 cups of cubed pineapple
1 cup of peeled, quartered and sliced kiwis
2 cups of mandarin orange or clementine segments
1/2 cup pomegranate arils (the seed pod in a pomegranate)
3 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
Optional garnish: fresh mint leaves
Place the pineapple, kiwi, mandarin oranges and pomegranate arils in a large bowl.
In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice, honey and poppy seeds.
Pour the poppy seed dressing over the fruit and toss gently to coat.
Garnish with mint leaves if desired.
Information is per serving
Calories from Fat: 18
Total Fat: 2g
Total Carbohydrates: 42g
Dietary Fiber: 6g