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Cathy Katin-Grazzini

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Simple Fruit Pairings

 

Tasty, super nutritious pairings of different kinds of fruit scarcely require a recipe because they are so simple. I include them in this collection, however, to demonstrate that you don’t always need time to cook or bake to make delicious, healthy treats for kids and adults alike. These are but two examples. I encourage you to invent others. Using fresh and frozen fruit pairings are the most climate-conscious choices with dried fruits a close second. For their crunchy sweetness, on special occasions you may opt to splurge with freeze-dried fruits, but given their higher climate footprint, it’s best to use them infrequently or as a garnish.

 

Lady Finger Banana Splits

Diminutive lady finger bananas are perennial native from Australia and Southeast Asia. Half the size of traditional bananas, their flesh is sweeter and creamier. They also don’t turn brown, which makes them a great candidate for banana splits. Happily, lady finger bananas are widely available in many groceries today. Rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, if they are not overripe, lady fingers are prebiotics that nourish our beneficial gut microbes. Top with a berry and a spoonful of cultured soy yogurt, a live probiotic food, to give our gut microbiome extra love.

 

Hint

If you use dried blueberries, look for a product that contains only blueberries, that is, with no added sugar or oils.

 

Prep time 5 minutes

Serves 5 to 6

 

1 bunch lady finger bananas

2 cups fresh, dried, or freeze-dried blueberries

1 cup cultured soy yogurt

½ cup fresh raspberries or small strawberries

 

  • Cut the lady finger bananas lengthwise.
  • Top the banana halves with blueberries.
  • Garnish with a spoonful of cultured soy yogurt and a fresh berry.

 

Blueberry Strawberries

For a light, delectable ending to any meal, you can’t beat Mother Nature. Choose very large strawberries at peak ripeness for this treat, and fill them with fresh, dried, or freeze-dried blueberries. A sprig of green from fresh mint, and voilá! Blueberry Strawberries make a splendid dessert or snack, but also as finger food with mocktails.

 

Prep time 5 minutes

Makes 8

 

8 large ripe fresh strawberries, hulled

2 cups fresh, dried, or freeze-dried blueberries

 

  • Use a strawberry huller to remove each strawberry’s hull and interior white pith as you create a cavity to fill.
  • Fill with as blueberries as you can fit into each strawberry, mounding them on top.
  • Garnish with a small mint leaf or very young sprig.

 

 

 

 

Simple Fruit Pairings

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