Fruit Salad for Breakfast

Starting off the day with a bowl of fresh fruit is something I often do, followed about ½ hour later with the rest of my breakfast, because fruit digests better when eaten alone, according to many people in the alternative health field, including Ayurveda (The Science of Life) and Health Science, both of which emphasize food combining for better digestion. Here is a definition of Ayurveda from a company named Auromere Ayurvedic Imports:

“Ayurveda is the ancient holistic art and science of India, which utilizes natural herbs, roots and minerals to promote optimum well being and harmony of the individual in balance with nature and the environment. ” On a spiritual level… “Nature has revealed the beneficial properties of each tree, plant, herb, root and flower and the subtle links of oneness that exist between the vegetable and mineral worlds and humankind.”

Last month I made a fresh fruit salad about one hour before lunch at a mini-retreat at the Kalyana Centre, a spiritual center focusing on Ayurveda. This ancient healing system also focuses on body types with foods to balance your doshas or particular body type(s). This recipe is for all body types, so everyone can enjoy it. Since I made this for about 15 people, the amounts I have left up to you, with just suggestions for fewer servings. (For more on Ayurveda body types, click on this link on my site: http://www.menupause.info/archives/8666.


Utensils: Cutting board & knife, colander, serving bowl
Prep. Time: About 15 minutes*
Cook. Time: None!
Categories: V, GF, No sugar added (NSA)

Ingredients (organic when possible, esp. fruits you cannot peel)

One box organic blueberries
2-3 organic apples (2 or 3 kinds)
2-3 org. pears (different kinds)
2-3 Clementines or tangerines
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
small amount of orange juice for moistening
Suggested Toppings: unsweetened, dried coconut, cinnamon

Directions

  1. Wash all the fruit, including the outside of the Clementines & pomegranate
  2. Cut apples and pears in half, remove seeds and stems and cut into small pieces (diced). Place in large bowl.
  3. Remove any crushed or discolored blueberries and add to the bowl.
  4. Peel Clementines and cut the sections in half crosswise into smaller pieces. Add to bowl.
  5. Add a small amount of orange juiced to moisten.  Toppings can be served on the side so people can choose to use or not.

* If you buy just pomegranate seeds, you will reduce the prep. time. But if you buy a whole pomegranate, just use a grapefruit knife after you cut the fruit in half, and pull out enough for your salad. Also, you can remove the seeds of the entire pomegranate when you buy it and store the seeds in a glass jar, ready for use.

Yield will vary on size of the fruits, how many you use (ex. I used 2 boxes of blueberries), and whether this is a snack or the main part of a meal, served first before any other courses.  If you use fruit for dessert after a heavy meal, you might find you suffer from digestive distress. Wait a couple of hours before eating the fruit and see if your stomach issue disappears. (Food combining concept)

P.S. In my article on Feb. 5th about healthy heart tidbits, pomegranates were one of the fruits linked to heart health. Here is the link back to that posting: http://www.menupause.info/archives/18231.

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