After hiking and biking 30 miles over three days last week, I knew I needed a simple recipe to post. It seems that mountain biking in Arizona is a bit different from back home. I took a little tumble off my bike last Thursday, then the next day we hiked 12 miles in an out of the Grand Canyon. So everything is sore on my body, even my fingers (hence the short recipe)!
The only thing I requested after our long hike was FRUIT and more FRUIT, especially the juicy kind. Fruit is so versatile as a dessert. You can serve it all alone, with a yummy cream cheese dip, on top of yogurt, in a smoothie, or atop a slice of your favorite cake. I know this is not much of a recipe, but I’m challenging you from a health perspective, to give this fruit bowl a try as your next dessert. Here’s my favorite combination:
- Strawberries, washed and cut in half
- Blueberries, washed
- Cantaloupe, cut into chunks
- Green grapes, washed and cut in half or left whole
- Pineapple, cut into chunks
- Walnut pieces (choose your amount depending on how big of a fruit bowl you are making)
- Shaved unsweetened coconut flakes (again, choose your amount accordingly)
- Fresh Mint cut into pieces
The colors of the fruits above mix beautifully together. Toss all the ingredients together and serve immediately (if adding the fresh mint). You do not have to add the mint, but it does add a nice fresh flavor.
Health Note: Yes, fruit contains sugar…….but it is a natural sugar. Fruit is also high in fiber which allows the body to use the sugar more efficiently. Fruit is very different from a traditional dessert that contains sugar. Given the choice, I choose fruit 90% of the time for my dessert. My body actually craves it! After a workout, I usually take in pineapple. Pineapple is loaded with an anti-inflammatory enzyme, Bromelain. Bromelain has shown to help reduce pain, swelling, and tenderness.