Thursday, August 23, 2012

Berry Lime Fruit Salad

I cannot believe that Labor Day is next weekend. I am excited for an extra day off of work, but sad because that means summer is coming to a close. Was this the fastest summer for anyone else? I am not quite sure where it went.

Labor Day seems to be a good time to get together for cook outs. If you plan on attending a Labor Day get together, I have the perfect dish for you to bring – Berry Lime Fruit Salad. I came up with this recipe last weekend after seeing that all of the berries in my local grocery store were on sale. An "On Sale" sign in the produce aisle, is always an open invitation to buy more and to not feel as guilty about spending the money! 

This fruit salad is filled with antioxidants. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, but do you really know why you should be consuming them? Every day we come in contact with chemicals and pollutants that cause our cells to weaken. The weakened cells, also known as free radicals, attempt to take over the whole body and make us susceptible to chronic diseases. No need to freak out, though. You can do your body a favor by fueling  with antioxidants to combat the free radicals. Not only do antioxidants strengthen your immune systems, but they also prevent inflammation and aging! Good bye to Botox, and say hello to antioxidants.

Even if you don't have any Labor Day parties to attend, give this recipe a try. It is great to snack on, and you can easily make this into a kick-starter breakfast by mixing the fruit salad with some plain Greek yogurt. Keep fueling strong. 

                                                            Berry Lime Fruit Salad
                                                                       Serves 4


1 Pint Strawberries, Rinsed and quartered
1 Pint Blueberries, Rinsed
1 Pint Raspberries, Rinsed
2 T Blackberry Preserves (I prefer organic because it doesn’t have added sugars)
Zest of 1 Lime
Juice of ½ a Lime

Get Cookin’

1  Place all of the berries in a large bowl
2.  Mix in 1 T of blackberry preserves, lime zest, and juice of one lime
3.  Chill for 1 hour

    If you want more information on antioxidants, take a look at this article from Women's Health.

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