One of the best parts of spring is the return of fresh, local produce. There is nothing quite like fruits and veggies picked at peak ripeness and ready to eat. Farmers Markets are a great way to enjoy the season and meet your daily fruit target. You can begin by adding berries to your meal plan.
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Berries can be used in many different ways. Here are five recipe ideas to get you started:
- The Flavorful Fruit Medley: Spicy Fruit Cup
A standard fruit salad is kicked up a notch with cinnamon and nutmeg. If you can take the heat, try adding a pinch of cayenne. This fruit cup is a great snack or side item.
- The Perfect Salad: Broccoli Strawberry Orzo Salad
Featuring four out of the five food groups, this balanced and bright salad is perfect for potlucks and picnics. Or serve it at home alongside grilled chicken, fish, or quiche.
- The Make-Ahead Breakfast: Overnight Oatmeal with Berries
Prepped the night before and warmed in the morning, this easy oatmeal can be topped with any type of berries. It’s perfect for the mornings when you press “snooze” one too many times.
- The Blended Beverage: Very Berry Smoothie
Packing 2.5 cups of fruit per serving, this cool and refreshing smoothie is a great way to take your fruit on-the-go. Plus, the blend of berries and tropical fruit is reminiscent of a day on the beach (drink umbrella optional).
- The Homemade Treat: Fabulous Fruit Muffins
This is a great recipe to make with kids. Paired with a glass of low-fat milk, these light and fresh-tasting muffins make a yummy snack or dessert. Plus, they’re a great treat to take for coworkers, neighbors, or friends.
Which one will you try this week? I decided to try Broccoli Strawberry Orzo Salad.
Sometimes the most unusual combinations make the best meal. Sweet strawberries paired with crunchy broccoli and tangy lemon dressing works wonderfully. Enjoy!