Even though it’s snowing here, and has been pretty chilly this week, I am still starting to shift toward incorporating some lighter foods.  And this week Hubby and I have been trying to avoid most sugars.  Fruit salad has been such a wonderful way to end the night on a sweet note!!

I was actually really excited to put together a fruit salad that had all fruit you can find in the winter.  And I just felt really good after eating a bowl of this.

I used to work at a bakery where my entire job consisted of cutting fruit and making fruit tarts. It was actually pretty awesome because I worked with some fun characters and we always had a blast.  I also got really good at cutting fruit.  So I am a pro at cutting oranges into segments.  If you don’t feel comfortable cutting oranges into segments, using clementines or tangerines or mandarin oranges and just peeling them by hand and separating the segments by hand would be awesome.  The pithy protective stuff is actually incredibly good for you, so if you have a little on there it’s totally fine!!

I have been a bit obsessed with mandarin oranges myself lately.  They are so easy to peel, and so sweet and delicious!!  I have been putting some of the peel in some hot water to make a lovely orange tea kind of thing, I’m loving it (and I felt really resourceful!! haha).

I totally love this tool that Kiersten introduced me to on this post over on her site.  It makes getting those seeds out of the pomegranate look like cake!!  I need to get one of those!!

Health highlight of apples:  Apples are amazingly healthy.  The flavonoids in apples have been shown to reduce the risk of certain kinds of cancer.  Apples have also been shown to sharpen your memory, and help protect against Alzheimer’s, asthma, and chronic cough.  They are protective of your cardiovascular system, and have been linked with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.  The skin is the most dense with nutrients, so leave it on, but opt for organic as apples are the produce found to have the highest pesticide residue.

Winter Fruit Salad
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Ingredients
  • 2 Apples (chopped) I used granny smith, but any kind you like is perfect
  • 2 Bananas (sliced)
  • 2 Oranges (segmented)
  • 1 Orange (Juiced)
  • 1 Pomegranate (remove all the seeds, they are the edible part, discard the rest)
Instructions
  1. Combine all the fruit in a large bowl
  2. Toss well to coat with the orange juice (to prevent the banana and apple from browning)
  3. Dish up and enjoy!!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!  Hubby and I are off to see Oz tonight (I am so excited!!) :)

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