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4 Ways to Get Your Fresh Fruit on This Summer

Watermelon kabob

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Before I tried TOPS 28-Day Meal Planner earlier this year, I was a little unsure how I would manage the suggested servings of fruit for each day. Prior to the plan, I’d typically have fruit as part of breakfast and maybe as a snack here and there, but that was about it. The plan suggests around four servings of fruit a day. While this may seem like a lot, if you’re enjoying fruit in place of sugary snacks or as part of fresh seasonal salads, it’s pretty easy (and fun!) to get your fruit on. Try one of these tips for your summer festivities.

Chill out with melon soup. When you think summer, you probably don’t think soup. And when you think soup, you probably don’t think fruit. But this recipe for chilled melon soup bends those rules and makes for a delicious cool dish.

Feel fancy with watermelon kabobs. Thread watermelon, mozzarella and basil on toothpicks or wooden skewers for a Pinterest-worthy appetizer that’s almost too pretty to eat … almost.

Mix savory and sweet in a salad. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a burger or hot dog on the grill, but why not mix things up a little this year with a delicious summer salad? Try tossing romaine lettuce, watercress, chunks of fresh mango, avocado and grilled chicken with a light and citrus-y dressing. Feeling extra festive? You may even want to try grilling the mango. Simply brush thick mango chunks or slices with olive oil, and place on a preheated grill. Char slightly, then spritz with lime juice and chili powder for an extra kick.

Keep it simple with strawberry shortcake. Enjoy this summertime classic and don’t be afraid to add other fruits like kiwi, peaches, blueberries or sliced banana. It’s pretty hard to go wrong with a tasty trio of fresh fruit, light whipped topping and angel food cake.

Do you have a favorite way to prepare fruit in the summer? Tell me about it in the comments section!

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