Let’s face it, coming off of a Standard American Diet (SAD) is difficult. Having a go-to, no-fail recipe box full of easy, simple and fun recipes is necessary. Keeping fruits and vegetables in your kitchen is important during your transition. When you begin to replace the processed foods with fresh, whole, living foods you begin to feed yourself properly.
When transitioning to a healthier lifestyle with kids, you must keep snacks ready-to-eat for those monstrous snack attacks! Using healthy recipes that are fun to eat will help kids get use to eating healthier. Fruit salad is one of the best snacks to keep ready for healthy kids.
“Vegetables and fruits don’t die the moment they are harvested,” according to Rice biologist Janet Braam, lead researcher. “They respond to their environment for days, and we found we could use light to coax them to make more cancer-fighting antioxidants at certain times of day.” Braam is professor and chair of Rice’s Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. The research was supported by the National Science Foundation and by a 2011 Medical Innovation Award from the Rice University Institute of Bioscience and Bioengineering.
So, fruits and vegetables are still living after they come off the plants. And they make even more cancer fighting antioxidants depending on the amounts of light you give to them after they are harvested. How cool is that?
Resource: Rice University News & Media. Does your salad know what time it is? Jade Boyd, June 20, 2013.
Simply Fresh Fruit Salad
Simply Fresh Fruit Salad is a light and refreshing addition to anyone’s list of healthy recipes. My kids love to eat fruit, the thinner the slices, the more they eat. Adding a few fruits together and topping it with shredded coconut and walnuts makes it more fun!
Pro Tip: Kitchen tools that help you create simple recipes faster will keep you from dreading being in the kitchen. A set of knives with a sharpener is essential. Add on a fruit/vegetable peeler and apple slicer/corer and you are set to rock it out in your transitioning kitchen!
Try out this recipe and get some of those awesome cancer fighting antioxidants into your cells!
Simply Fresh Fruit Salad Recipe
Simply Fresh Fruit Salad is just that…simple, fresh and a fruit salad! Light and refreshing, quick and easy! Add shredded coconuts and chopped nuts for added pop! Or leave the nuts off for a nut-free treat.
- 2 Medium or Large Oranges
- 1 Medium or Large Red Apple
- 1 Medium or Large Granny Smith Apple
- Dash cinnamon optional
- 1 Tbl Shredded Coconut optional
- 1 Tbl Chopped Walnuts or Pecans optional
- Peel oranges and cut all fruit in half, then thinly slice length-wise. The thinner the slice the more fun it is to eat!
- In a bowl, lightly mash oranges until juice appears.A
- dd apples, and cinnamon to bowl containing the oranges and juice.Mix oranges, apples and cinnamon gently.
- The citrus juice will coat the apples, keeping them from turning brown quickly.
- Sprinkle the fruit salad with coconut and walnuts, serve and enjoy!
Simply Fresh Fruit Salad is perfect for breakfast, dessert or snacks! Serve it as an after school snack, midnight snack or as a side dish with lunch or dinner!
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