There are so many shades of red in the colorful world of fruit! Just think of all the lovely berries you see as you browse through the grocery store and farmers markets. The warm summer weather brings us a multitude of fresh, sweet fruits and veggies to fill our tummies and keep us happy and healthy! Let’s get our creative juices flowing by experimenting with as many red foods as we can think of!
Here are some delightful, delicious and healthy red ideas:
Lovely Red Berry Smoothie
½ cup strawberries (cleaned and halved)
½ cup raspberries
1 cup plain or fruit flavored yogurt
1 cup milk of your choice
2 tablespoons honey
Blend all of these ingredients together for a splendid ruby-red drink! There are many variations on this smoothie…why not toss in a spoonful of pomegranate seeds or a splash of cranberry juice? Trying new foods is good for you!
Saucy Red Pizza
pre-made pizza dough (or your favorite dough recipe!)
1 jar pizza or pasta sauce
chopped red onions
chopped red peppers
sliced green olives stuffed with RED pimientos
lots of shredded mozzarella….which is not red, I don’t know any red cheeses!!
Roll out your pizza dough on a floured surface and transfer to pizza stone/pan. Spoon on a thin layer of sauce. Now it’s time to sprinkle on the red toppings. Add a layer of each topping and finish off with a healthy dose of cheese. If there are any other red toppings you can think of to add, go ahead! And if you are a vegetarian, skip the meat and add more veg!
Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Really Red Fruity Salad
1 cup each:
red grapes, halved
apple chunks (red skin on!)
ruby red grapefruit slices
¼ cup pomegranate seeds
Mix all of these yummy summer fruits together in a pretty salad bowl and that’s it! The juice from all the fruit will make a sweet sauce, so there is no need for extra sugar.
There are so many more red fruits and vegetables to try….here are a few more that deserve a mention: red radishes, beets, red-skinned potatoes, watermelon and sweet mini peppers!
If you happen to have a juicer at home try making some red fruit and vegetable juice -or- make a vegetable version of the fruit salad listed above! What food pops into your head when you think of the color red? What is your favorite way to eat it? Raw or cooked?
I would love for you to share any of your favorite red recipes! Ask mom, dad or another helpful adult and get started on your red adventure together!