Eating fruits and veggies while they’re in-season is an excellent idea. Compared to the year-round option, seasonal produce tends to taste better, have a higher nutritional content, and cost less, too.
Since fruits are nutrient-dense and relatively low in calories, they make the perfect snack, side, or dessert. You can feel free to enjoy them at your next backyard barbecue or summer hang out–without having to sacrifice all the hard work you’ve put in at the gym.
2 Light & Healthy Recipes for Summer-y & Fruity Desserts
1) Mint and Watermelon Salad
Watermelon is a summertime staple. Aside from those seeds that are super fun to spit out, it’s also full of Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, lycopene, antioxidants, and other nutrients.
To make this delicious fresh salad, you’ll need:
- 1 watermelon, cubed or balled
- 2 tablespoons of avocado oil
- 1 tablespoon of lime zest
- 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup of mint, minced
This salad is so sweet and satisfying that you’ll love it as a dessert. We like to add a pinch of salt for extra flavor. For step-by-step instructions, check out the full recipe here.
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2) Strawberry & Banana Paleo “Ice Cream”
Free of added sugar, full of healthy fats, and sweet and delicious as they come, this homemade Paleo ice cream is sure to be a hit. Plus, with only 4 ingredients, it’s easy enough for the kids to do as a fun at-home project.
What you’ll need:
- 3 peeled frozen bananas
- 1 cup of frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened full fat coconut milk or coconut cream (we like the Native Forest brand)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Click here for the full recipe. A word to the wise: with all that nutrient-dense fruit, this recipe is still actually pretty high in carbs, so don’t overdo it. But definitely feel free to indulge without fear of that post-pint guilt we’ve all had after a night alone with Ben & Jerry’s!
Does your family have a favorite fruit recipe for summertime fun? Share in the comments below!