The Fruits of Your Summer
Looking for fresh ways to add more fruit—and flavor—to your summer meals? We’ve got five delicious and easy ways to do just that.
Fresh, flavorful, and fabulous for your health, fruit should be a staple of your diet, especially this time of year. A diet that includes fruit has been linked to numerous health benefits, ranging from cancer protection to weight control, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But we’re here to talk flavor and offer deliciously easy ways to get more fruit into your day.
At Panera Bread bakery-cafes, seasonal summer fruit is a menu favorite, for good reason, says John Taylor, Panera Bread® food team member. “There is a strong connection between fruit picked at the height of the season and taste,” he says. Here are some of John’s best tips for adding more fruit to your home menu.
Slice into sandwiches. Fresh strawberries are a delicious replacement for jam in your PB&J. Or add apple slices to a turkey sandwich, or a thin wedge of mango to grilled cheese.
Dice into salads. Fresh fruit adds texture and flavor to leafy greens. Two great combinations to try at home:
· Tangy orange slices, red onion, and Gorgonzola cheese over mixed geens
· Sweet fresh watermelon with arugula and feta cheese
Whip into smoothies: Slice and freeze fresh strawberries, bananas, mangoes, blueberries, peaches, and nectarines, ready to be tossed into a blender with low-fat yogurt and a half cup of milk or juice. Try “seasoning” your smoothie with a dollop of honey or a dash of cinnamon.
Put on the grill: Grilling caramelizes fruit, intensifying the sweetness. Place peach halves, pineapple slices, or bananas right on the grill. Wrap smaller fruits, like strawberries, in foil or thread them on a skewer to keep them from falling through the grill.
Chop into salsas: Add diced mango, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, or melon to your favorite salsa recipe for a sweet topping on your grilled savories, like chicken, pork, or fish.