Thursday, June 16, 2011

Summer graduation with chilled fruit

Today was my daughter's graduation from pre-school.  It was a superb event, entertaining and emotional. All the parents clapped as a bunch of adorable little kids walked in with self-made pre-school hats on their heads.  The children sang songs after which we had light refreshments.  We bade a tearful farewell to the very dear dedicated teachers.  We took lots of pictures, with friends et al, until my daughter was asking to go home!  I felt so proud and happy when I looked at my daughter, even though this is just her graduation from pre-school!  As we all know, and Oprah assures us, "Every ending brings with it a brand-new beginning."  I am eager to see what adventures will come our way as we progress from school to college - we got a long way to go :-)

Nothing like celebrating with something sweet, but can it also be healthy, and easy, and help us cool off in the summer heat?  Let's try this colorful and simple favorite of mine - fruit medley!

2 medium apples; sliced
2 medium oranges; segmented
2 medium bananas; diced
1 cup berries - pick the one(s) you like
1 cup honeydew melon; diced (or watermelon/cantaloupe)
1 kiwi, sliced
1/2 cup pineapple chunks

Just toss these together in a bowl and enjoy as is.  You could chill this first in the refrigerator if you like. If you like them really sweet, drizzle some honey on top.  Garnish with a sprig of mint. Feel free to experiment with any fruit, it's a good way to get your daily nutrients, especially if you stick to those that are not too high in sugar.  To keep this healthy, I would advise against whipped cream and chocolate to go with this :-)

And the spice (optional, of course) in this dish comes from something called "Chaat Masala" which can be found in an Indian grocery store.  Just sprinkle a teeny bit of this seasoning on the fruit pieces, and you will find yourself falling in love with fruits. Indulge yourself!

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