Spring has sprung! The funny thing is, typically a season brings with it strong correlations to certain types of foods, i.e., winter: comfort foods; summer: barbecues, fall: harvest foods… but I don’t have a strong association when it comes to spring foods.
However, with that said, you will see colorful produce popping up all over the place! No more canned fruit or veggies (which I don’t typically recommend anyway)…it’s time to get cooking with fresh, seasonal produce! Especially good this time of year (check with your local farmers market as well) are strawberries, cherries, pineapples, apricots, asparagus, peas, avocados, beets and artichokes. So it’s time to do a spring cleaning of any bad food habits…tis’ “the healthy season,” people! What better way to enjoy a beautiful spring day than relaxing outside on the patio, taking in the view of the colorful flowers, while enjoying your “Fresh Fruit de la Creme” made from the produce that the spring season so graciously provides?
Keeping our bodies in shape is hard work…and yes it absolutely does mean making sacrifices when it comes to the foods that we choose to eat! However, the key is to still enjoy the foods that you love by simply recreating them into a healthy version. That’s what I’m here for! I’ll take the guesswork away from you and bring you new recipes each and every week! It’s all about being creative with good-for-you foods! As my trademark proclaims, I will always do my best to deliver to you: 100% Taste, 0% Guilt! It’s all here for you and ready to go. Each Alli’s Slim Pickins recipe provides detailed ingredients, nutritional information, and step-by-step instructions on how to prepare each mouth-watering meal! Come on, let’s make it happen…
FRESH FRUIT de la CRÈME
1/2 cup fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (or your favorite fruit flavor)
1/4 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh cherries, sliced
1/4 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup fresh pineapple, diced
1/4 cup fresh grapes
Dash of nutmeg, optional
How to Prepare
1. Mix cherries, strawberries, pineapple, and grapes with the lemon juice in a bowl until evenly distributed. Set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, mix the yogurt and the protein powder until smooth and creamy.
3. Put the fruit in a tall martini glass (come on, treat yourself!) and scoop the yogurt mixture over the top.
4. Put in the freezer for approximately 5 minutes to set.
5. Sprinkle some nutmeg (optional) on top… grab a spoon… bring it outside to enjoy the beautiful spring weather… relax… dig in… and enjoy!
Per serving (serves 1): 240 calories, 32 grams protein, 26 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fat
Editor’s Note: If you have any specific requests or would like to share your feedback on the above recipes, please e-mail Allison Frahn at AliFrahn@yahoo.com.