Fresh Fruit Salad

Fresh Fruit Salad

If you want something that will be consistently devoured by your family, you’ve come to the right place.  I make a large batch of this fresh fruit salad for every family gathering and it’s a hit each time.  Who would love juicy pineapple, crisp apples, and crunchy sweet grapes? Although a 3 ingredient fresh fruit salad is quick and easy, you don’t want to skip out on my tips. First, wash your grapes and apples!  And by washing, I don’t mean rinsing with water. Scrub those babies! Here’s a post on washing vegetables where you can see the difference between washed and rinsed grapes. I’ve used a few vegetable washes in my day.  I keep coming back to Fit Fruit & Vegetable Wash.  Big BIG fan! For grapes, I pluck them and place them in a large bowl.  I pour a cap full of Fit Fruit & Vegetable Wash over the grapes and fill the bowl with cool water until all the grapes are covered.  Let them sit for about 3 to 5 minutes and use your hands to gently scrub the grapes while still in the water in a circular motion.  Drain and rinse with water. For apples, spray each apple 2 to 3 times with wash.  Scrub the apples with your hands for about 15 to 20 seconds.  While rinsing under cool water, scrub the apple with your hands until you feel the residue wash off.  You’ll oooh and aaah over how great they feel!   After you finish cutting your fresh pineapple into chunks, don’t throw away the rind just yet!  Those crisp delicious apples need the juice from the rind in order to prevent them from...
Easy Strawberry Spinach Salad

Easy Strawberry Spinach Salad

When it comes lunchtime, I’m a salad-aholic.  There’s just something about combining crisp, fresh vegetables and fruits sprinkled with a little dressing.  Since I’m usually juggling my ready-for-a-nap 2 year old while quickly preparing lunch, I forego the photo shoot and just enjoy eating.  Well, I couldn’t pass up sharing this spinach strawberry salad.  It’s quick, easy and full of flavor.  You can also adapt the salad to include your favorite ingredients.     If you haven’t tried balsamic vinegar, what are you waiting for?!?!  I fall more and more in love with its versatile flavor.  Its fabulous spicy when combined with chili powder and cayenne pepper like in my Chili Chicken Skewers or delectable with fresh lime juice like in my Balsamic Quinoa Salad.  For this easy strawberry spinach salad dressing, I combined balsamic vinegar with organic agave to make it sweet.  It’s a must buy ingredient!  I’ve enjoyed this $5 Colavita Aged Balsamic Vinegar.  It’s a great flavor for the price… trust me, balsamic vinegar can get pretty pricey.           You really can play around with this salad and make it your own.  I love to add diced Fuji apples or fresh blueberries when I don’t have fresh strawberries on hand.  You can also add crumbled blue cheese or feta (I’m staying away from soft cheeses due to my current pregnant status) or even black beans.  My husband also digs a couple grilled chicken tenders on top.  Make it your own, my friends!  You’ll never get tired of it’s incredible flavor and textures.   Print Easy Strawberry Spinach Salad Ingredients 2 large handfuls of fresh organic...
Ants on a Log

Ants on a Log

Whether you have kids or not, these Ants on a Log are an easy, tasty, quick, and nutritious little snack.  Crunchy celery topped with creamy peanut butter and juicy grapes and/or raisins?  Oh, I’m in love with these little critters.   I love fruit and vegetables!  Okay, I may be a little addicted to fruit and vegetables.  They have such bright and vibrant colors and a variety of flavors and textures.  Ants on a Log are a perfect option when either hosting a party, getting a snack for the kids, or just needing something sweet and juicy.   When purchasing celery or grapes, organic is best.  They have such thin skin that they absorb pesticides and chemicals.  Definitely purchase organic if possible.  Regardless, you need to wash those bad boys.   Don’t know the value of washing your fruits and vegetables? Check out my post where I SHOW you the importance.  It doesn’t take much time, but it’s worth every second! I can’t wait to hear how you enjoy this simple yet finger-licking-good recipe!  I think I love them most with the grapes on top. Print Ants on a Log Ingredients 5 or 6 stalks of celery washed, dried, and cut into 2 to 3 inch sticks 1 Tbs natural peanut butter or almond butter per celery stick 1/2 cup raisins 1 cup red grapes washed and quartered Instructions Spread peanut or almond butter down the center of each celery stick. Sprinkle raisins and/or red grapes down the center on top of the peanut/almond butter. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve...
Berry Red Plum Smoothie

Berry Red Plum Smoothie

We have some awesome neighbors.  A couple weeks ago, they invited us to get some peaches from their peach tree.  Not only did we leave with a large bag of peaches, they generously gave us the same amount in plums!   These plums were a rich, deep red on the inside and super juicy and sweet.  We had been enjoying eating them plain until I had an idea!  Why not make a power-packed, anti-oxidant rich, yummy-in-my-tummy smoothie?!?!  And… viola!   Print Berry Red Plum Smoothie Ingredients 1 cup milk of your choice I used coconut milk 1 scoop vanilla whey or vegan protein powder 1 cup red grapes 2 large red cabbage leaves 2 red plums pit removed 2 cups mixed frozen berries I used organic blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries Instructions Add ingredients in Vitamix blender in order listed. Blend on high for 30 to 45 seconds until smooth. For thicker consistency, add more frozen berries or ice.   Don’t miss out on some other heavenly smoothie recipes!   I love them all, but I think you should try my Triple Berry Orange Creamsicle and my Creamy Peach...
No-Way-This-Is-Green Smoothie

No-Way-This-Is-Green Smoothie

Print No-Way-This-Is-Green Smoothie Ingredients 1 cup coconut milk 2 cups green grapes 1 green apple with core and cut into quarters 2 cups fresh kale 2 cups frozen mixed berries Instructions Add ingredients in Vitamix blender according to order listed. Blend on highest option for 30 to 45 seconds until smooth. For thicker consistency, add more frozen berries or...

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