Easy Eating: Two Winter Fruit Salads and Tu B’Shvat*

* See P.S. at the end of the article about the Jewish Holiday for the trees called Tu B’shvat.

After all the heavy foods from the holidays, a fresh fruit salad with only 3 or 4 ingredients might be just what your body needs to feel lighter. These two simple recipes are also simply delicious and nutritious. Feel free to substitute other fresh fruits that are available. Here are the fruits I used and a little about them:

Granny Smith ApplesGood source of fiber with 20% Vitamin C and 80 calories
Blueberries – Good source of vitamin C & K, manganese and fiber, but high in natural sugars, so use sparingly
Oranges-  (or grapefuit) – Good source of  thiamin, folate, potassium, fiber and vitamin C, but also high in natural sugars
Pomegranates – Good source of folate, vitamin C, and fiber but also high in natural sugar.

All have no cholesterol or saturated fats, but because many of them are sprayed, I would choose organic. (You deserve it!)

All you need is a cutting board, knife and serving bowl. No cooking and minimal prep time.

Apple/Blueberry Fruit Salad

Wash and cut up one Granny Smith organic apple, removing seeds and hard core. Add about 1/2 cup organic blueberries. If you wish, add a little apple juice to moisten. Optional: A dollop of yogurt on top or some slivered almonds.


Orange, Pomegranate & Almond Salad

Wash and peel one organic orange (or 1/2 organic grapefruit) Peel 1/2 of a pomegranate and remove seeds or buy seeds already packaged. Add about 2 tablespoons.
Finally, sprinkle on some sliced almonds. Add a bit of orange juice if the salad needs moistening.

Optional: Sprinkle on some unsweetened, dried coconut. (I did, but ate all the salad before taking another photo!) OR add nuts, which is part of the T B’Shvat Seder. (See below)

*P.S. This week (Jan. 16th) Jews celebrate the holiday of Tu B’Shvat, a lovely holiday in which fruits of every kind are served in a special order, or Seder (Passover also has a Seder but the themes are different). One of the themes of Tu B’Shvat is the concern for the environment, using the Seder to focus on our relationship with the planet, an early Earth Day reminder, if you will.  For more information, you can go to www.jewishexponent.com. The Home Page has several links to celebrate Tu B’Shvat with all kinds of fruits and nuts.

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