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Make Winter Feel Like Summer

I’m sure that most of us areĀ overrr winter. It’s too long and too cold. So today, I’m trying to help my likeminded anti-winter friends make winter feel like summer. That’s right…we’re talking fruit salad. Even though it’s winter, there’s plenty of yummy fruits that are in-season. There’s apples, pears, oranges, and bananas, just to name a few. It’s also important to not forget that you can always look for frozen, dried, or canned fruit if you’re craving one that isn’t in-season.

You Have Options

Now we’re going to talk about all the fruit options you have so that you can make the perfect fruit salad for your taste.

  • Apples: low in fat, a good source of fiber, and they’re free of saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. These are great to add to fruit salads because they’re so crunchy and juicy!
  • Bananas: another good source of fiber, as well as vitamin C and potassium. They’re also free of saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Some bananas taste sweeter than others; this is dependent on how ripe it is.
  • Grapefruits: a good source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and antioxidants. As with most fruits, they’re also fat, sodium, and cholesterol-free.
  • Kiwis: low in fat, another good source of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. Kiwis also have a good amount of vitamin E in them too! These are also free of saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol. To get a ripe kiwi, they shouldn’t be too hard, but also shouldn’t be mushy.
  • Pears: A good source of fiber and vitamin C. Here’s another fruit that’s fat-free, saturated fat-free, sodium-free, and cholesterol-free.
  • Pineapples: Pineapples are fat-free, saturated fat-free, cholesterol-free and very low in sodium. They’re very high in vitamin C. To get a good pineapple, choose one that’s heavy and has dark leaves.

Written by GUADS staff member Toni with contributions from www.snaped.gov and www.fruitsandveggies.org

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