I often hear that eating healthy is too expensive or too time consuming. I hear you – many, if not all of us, feel constrained by time and our financial budgets. I recognize that without proper planning and preparation, healthy eating can be expensive – but it doesn’t need to be. A great tip to save money while eating healthfully is to buy local produce. Local produce is nourishing, fresh and is usually less expensive because it doesn’t travel long distances and/or you can buy it directly from your local farmer(s).

My Recommendation: Visit your local market every week. You will see an abundance of seasonal, local and organic produce that you can use to stock your fridge. 

The recipe I am sharing today is inspired by the abundance of local produce available this time of year – it is a tangy twist on a classic fruit salad. It’s hard to really call this a recipe, but it’s so good I have to share. Even though the sugars found in fruit are healthy sugars, it is important to balance those sugars with a healthy fat and/or protein to keep your blood sugar balanced – in this recipe, this is where the sliced almonds come in. 

Tip: Enjoy this recipe as an easy start to your day, a snack or as a summery-dessert. Looking for another way to enjoy this recipe? I’m sure this simple salad would be popular at a family brunch or potluck meal. 

SIMPLE FRUIT SALAD (PLANT BASED + GLUTEN FREE)

Serves 6-8.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 organic green apple, sliced
  • 2 1/2 cups organic berries (choose from fresh blueberries, blackberries, strawberries or raspberries)
  • 2 organic peaches or nectarines, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass. finely chopped
  • 8-10 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • Handful of unsweetened coconut flakes or shredded coconut
  • Handful of raw almonds, sliced

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Slice fruit and combine in a bowl.
  2. Pour the fresh lime juice over the fruit. Mix well.
  3. Let the fruit and lime juice sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Just before serving, add the chopped lemongrass and mint. Enjoy immediately.

Notes: 

  • This fruit salad would be great served on top of your favourite plant based yogurt or my go-to Cashew Yogurt. 
  • You can vary the combination of fruit, but what I have suggested are some of the most nutritionally dense fruits. Green apples have been found to contain up to 17 times more phytonutrients than other apple varieties AND dark-coloured berries have higher amounts of powerful antioxidants. 
  • If you have been following my blog, you may recall my thoughts on enjoying fruit (if not, check out this post). Fruit can be very nourishing but we don’t need much. I recommend enjoying no more than 2 servings of fruit per day, and limiting each serving to approximately 1/2 cup.