Good Morning World!
So recently my diet has taken a slight turn for the better, and I have adopted more fruit and greenery into my meals. Which is a phrase I never thought I’d say! So yesterday I had a was craving something healthy, and salad like, but like many people out there I hate the taste of lettuce and other foods I feel belong in the grass. This is when I had the magical idea of making a fruit salad, but this was no ordinary fruit salad, I used a few little tricks that I had learnt while working in a kitchen to spice up the flavour.
Here are a few tips to enhancing the flavour in your fruit salads without cheating your diet!
First of all I bought a variety of berries, like strawberries, raspberries and blueberries which are known as a super fruit as they contain antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules. I also added some red grapes and some plums, but feel free to add whatever fruits you like. Why not try some oranges or pineapples for a bit more colour. However, I would suggest steering away from fruits like apples and bananas especially if you wanted to bulk make your salad for a later date, or you prepare it in the morning for your lunch: as they go bad quickly. Also bananas release a hormone called ethylene which causes fruits to ripen quickly so your fruit salad can go off faster. Such fruits like blueberries and cherries are believed not to release this hormone.
After choosing your fruit, chop it up into a plastic container for later or into a big bowl. I like to chop them up into manageable and bite size chunks, for example cutting grapes in half, and cutting strawberries into 1/8 by cutting them lengthwise into 4 then in half again. When all your fruit is added in the bowl I like to add some lemon juice, which enhances the flavours of strawberries and raspberries, and also adding some finely cut mint leaves, these two ingredients enhance the flavours of the fruits in your salad.
You can either stop here or if you’re a sweet tooth like me you might want to add a bit of sugar. I would suggest adding icing sugar as that can add some moisture and a subtle layer of sweetness without having to layer it in granulated for the same flavour. I use this a lot when having strawberries as it means your not taking in as much bad stuff. Or if you’re really counting those calories just add some sweeteners as they are a healthier alternative to sugar and this was you don’t feel like you’re cheating yourself.
I hope you found some of these tips useful, and feel free to let me know how you get on.
Love Georgina xx