It is HOT outside, and that means I’m looking for nutrient-dense food that I can eat without having to cook or heat up the house.

 

My Summer Fruit Salad fits this bill perfectly. All of the fruit called for in this salad is in season right now, which means it’s at its peak in terms of nutritional content. It’s growing in its optimal conditions, in season and that fruit is happy.

 

When possible, choosing organic really boost the nutrient quality and quantity – and of course, limits your exposure to toxins and pesticides found on conventional fruit and veggies.

 

I always recommend that you wash your fruit and veggies thoroughly, but leave the skin on whenever possible – especially if you’re eating organic.

 

So many of the nutrients our bodies need are found in the dark, or bright, colored skin of fruits and vegetables.

 

Peaches and nectarines are rich in antioxidants, called carotenoids. Carotenoids are plant pigments responsible for bright red, yellow, and orange hues in many fruits and vegetables.

 

They have strong cancer-fighting properties, and some carotenoids are converted by the body to vitamin A, which is essential to vision and normal growth and development.

 

Carotenoids also have anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits and are associated with cardiovascular disease prevention.

In one study on antioxidants, plums were just behind strawberries in the number of antioxidants per serving. And plums, like many other fruits, are a great source of dietary fiber.

 

Fiber is important in ridding the body of harmful toxins by binding to them in the digestive tract and carrying them out of the body.

 

One helpful tip to remember in choosing fruits high in antioxidants is to look for deep purple and red hues, like those in plums, strawberries, and other berries.

 

Cherries and blueberries are also rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

 

The mint in the recipe not only adds depth and brightness, but it also packs a nutritional punch. Mint, aside from being loaded with antioxidants, heart-healthy dietary nitrates, vitamins, and minerals, but it also has so many other benefits!

 

Mint has been shown to reduce stomach upset, help with indigestion and overall digestion, improve headaches, have antibacterial and antiviral properties, have anti-inflammatory properties, and even improves bad breath.

 

Mint, and mint essential oil, can be used in so many ways – in recipes and in homeopathic treatments.

 

I hope you enjoy my GLOW Summer Fruit Salad this week!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Peach (chopped)
  • 1 Nectarine (chopped)
  • 1 Plum (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Cherries (pits and stems removed)
  • 1/2 cup Blueberries
  • 1 Lemon (zest and juice of)
  • 1 tsp Mint Leaves (chopped)

 

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and enjoy!

 

Notes: If you’re already firing up the grill, you could grill the peach, nectarine, and plum and combine with the fresh cherries and berries for a decadent summer treat.

 

To add some healthy fats, try a dollop of coconut whipped cream, or a sprinkle of nuts or seeds.

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