5-9 servings of fruits and veggies a day? Fruit salad is your easy answer

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When the nutritionists that be came out with their recommendation of 5-9 servings of fruits and veggies each day, I must admit I was shocked. Counting three meals a day and two snacks, that would mean about two servings per meal in addition to replacing the snacks with fruits or veggies. This all to get to one less than the top leveled recommendation of 9. Wow, tall order, but doable.

Breakfast? Should I be prepared to fix an omelet stuffed with veggies, or fruit crepes every day? I could make a fruit smoothie, but not every day. How about lunch? About this time of day, most of us are pretty well ready for something solid to fill our energy reserves. Would the lettuce and tomato on a sanwich count as a veggie? No way, not nearly enough to count A serving is defined as a half cup. On the other hand, a salad makes a tasty lunch for a few days of the week. Dinner ... here come the veggies, bring 'em on! Ah! A fruit salad recipe would fill out the necessary bill on some of choices for breakfast. As a matter of fact, fruit salad recipes fit into any meal of the day. Are we on to something here? Fruit salad recipes can be standalone meals, wedged into a salad and served as dessert, or a snack.

Realizing that this cornucopia of produce is really good for my health, full of antioxidants and all of those lovely vitamins, I put on my thinking cap and brainstormed as many fruit salad recipe combo's as possible, giving variety to these endless dishes of nutrition. Here's what I came up with. As a side benefit, you can actually lose weight following this method, so things are turning into a win-win after all.

There's little doubt that fresh fruit makes the most tongue tingling fruit salad recipes. There is almost always fruit available somewhere, although imported fruit favorites like guavas, mangoes and pineapple can be a bit heavy on the budget. During the spring, summer and fall, fresh fruits are fairly reasonable, but winter put the brakes on the budget conscious consumer. In winter, your best bet is to go with frozen or canned fruits for your fruit salad recipe ingredients. For the canned options, fruit cocktail is likely your answer, plugging in some bing cherries and some diced or crushed pineapple seem best suited to fruit salads. Using frozen fruit, berries are my favorites. With that said, here are fruit combinations I've come to love.

For springtime, a mix of fresh strawberries, banana, oranges and fresh pitted cherries are a winner. Combine your fruits with Pina Colada flavored yogurt and a little shredded coconut. So tasty, you'll want seconds.

In the winter, a can of diced pineapple, caramelize light brown sugar brushed on the pineapple under a broiler for a few minutes, and then combined with split maraschino cherries and non dairy whipped topping is delicious.

In summer, when melons are cheap and delicious, try a mix of cubed, fresh watermelon, cantaloupe and casaba melons. This is one fruit salad recipe that can be devoured 'as is', for a nice change of pace, any time of the day.

Raisins and carrots are a classic combo, with zingy Jell-o(TM). Alternatively, you can mix the fruit and veggie in a creamy slaw-style dressing with a couple of finely diced, crunchy apples.

Chopped almonds, mini marshmallows and a touch of juice from canned fruit folded into whole whipping cream are great additional ingredients to pitch in to any fruit salad recipe.

You might not get in all of the required 5-9 servings, you'll be well along the way.

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Author: Tom Johnson

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