3 refreshing, fruity ideas

8 June 2016

The fruit family is as varied as it is healthy. No question about that. But sometimes we can’t quite be bothered to make the effort to eat as much fruit as we should—even though we know that pineapple is great for reducing water retention, banana is packed with potassium to help calm our nerves, and kiwi is simply bursting with vitamin C.

Healthy, vitamin rich and refreshing… what more could you ask for? Here are some quick and easy recipes for making the most of these amazing foods and giving them an irresistible fresh twist:

Watermelon and strawberry gazpacho

You’ll need 400 g of watermelon and 150 g of strawberries, plus a clove of garlic, a spring onion, half a red pepper, half a green pepper, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, cumin and some Modena balsamic glaze. Deseed the watermelon and cut into pieces, then wash the strawberries and cut them up too. Next, finely chop the spring onion and peppers and give them a whiz with the blender. Add the olive oil, salt, cumin and Modena balsamic glaze to taste. You can serve with some strawberry and watermelon mini-brochettes on the side.

Orange sorbet with a dash of mango

A quick and easy recipe with oranges, frozen whipped cream and sugar. Peel the oranges (3 per person) then blend and put through a strainer. Add the frozen whipped cream (75 g per person) and stir well. Add sugar to taste. Pour the sorbet into a sealed container and freeze for about 20 minutes. In order to get a semi-frozen consistency, stir to prevent crystals forming. When the texture looks about right, serve in bowls or glasses and drizzle some balsamic mango glaze on top—a delicious exotic touch!

Fruit crêpes

A great way to eat fruit, as a dessert or an afternoon snack. You can either make the pancake mixture yourself or go for the express option by buying readymade crêpes or pancake mixture from the supermarket. Simply fill them with different kinds of fruit and finish off with a dash of raspberry balsamic glaze. Et voilà, a scrumptious fruit tandem!

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