5 Fruity Recipes That Use Up Summer's Abundance

Summer fruits are fabulous: juicy, sweet, and budget friendly! When produce is in season, grocers often lower prices to sell the abundance of goodies before they go bad. Plus, they’re versatile—eat them raw or whip up a delicious, healthy treat. Here are five summer fruits, plus recipes ripe for the making!

Berry Chia Breakfast Bowl

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Entire recipe: 290 calories, 10.5g total fat (1g sat fat), 111mg sodium, 37.5g carbs, 14.5g fiber, 12g sugars, 14.5g protein

Strawberries are summer superheroes. An entire cup has only 46 calories and they’re packed with vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and antioxidants! Even the seeds are good for you—they’re full of omega-3 fatty acids. Halve them and layer them in a yummy parfait, or hollow them out, and stuff with light fillings. One of my favorite ways to enjoy strawberries is in this delicious Berry Chia Breakfast Bowl.

1. In a medium bowl or jar, combine 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats, 2 tablespoons chia seeds, 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder with about 100 calories per serving (like the kind by Quest), 2 packets natural no-calorie sweetener (like Truvia), 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix until mostly uniform.

2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or until oats are soft, chia has expanded, and most of the liquid has been absorbed.

3. Stir well. Top with 3/4 cup sliced strawberries and 1/3 cup blueberries.

Watermelon Margaritas

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1/2 of recipe (about 16 oz.): 138 calories, 

Did you know that this mega melon is high in vitamins A and C, and a cup diced also rings in at around 46 calories. It also contains the amino acid citruline, which can assist with blood flow. That’s right—watermelon has both style and substance!

Snack on a wedge solo or cube up and drizzle with balsamic vinegar for a fancy twist on a classic treat. It's also an ideal contribution to a summer BBQ! And it's surprisingly incredible in cocktails.

1. In a blender, combine 1 1/2 cups cubed watermelon (seedless or seeded), 3 ounces tequila, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 3 packets natural no-calorie sweetener (like Truvia), and 2 cups crushed ice (10 to 16 ice cubes).

2. Blend until smooth. Pour, sip, and enjoy!

Foil-Pack Peach Cobbler

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1/2 of recipe (about 1 cup): 173 calories, 4.5g total fat (2g sat fat), 103mg sodium, 32g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 16.5g sugars, 3.5g protein

Summertime is peachy! This juicy fruit packs a nutritional punch: vitamin C, minerals, and fiber. And peaches aren’t just for snacking. Grill peach halves for seared sweetness, or use diced peaches to pump up your guacamole! Don’t forget dessert. You can’t go wrong with peach cobbler! It's just one of many dishes you can make in foil packs.

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lay a large piece of heavy duty foil on a baking sheet and spray with nonstick spray.

2. Cut peaches into 1-inch chunks, for a total of 2 1/2 cups.

3. In a medium-large bowl, sprinkle peaches with 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (or cornstarch), 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 packet natural no-calorie sweetener (like Truvia). Stir until coated evenly.

4. In a medium bowl, mix 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats, 1 tablespoon whole-wheat flour, 1 tablespoon whipped butter, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 packet of natural no-calorie sweetener, and a dash of salt.

5. Distribute peach mixture onto the center of the foil. Evenly top with oat mixture.

6. Top with another large piece of foil. Seal all four edges of the two foil pieces, forming a well-sealed packet.

7. Bake for 20 minutes, or until topping has lightly browned and peaches have softened.

8. Cut packet to release steam before opening entirely.

Tropical Pico de Gallo

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1/8th of recipe (about 1/4 cup): 25 calories, 0g total fat (0g sat fat), 108mg sodium, 5.5g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g sugars, 1g protein

This tropical goddess has it all: It's rich in minerals and high in vitamins A and C. Mango adds a juicy kick to any smoothie or breakfast bowl. And did you know this sweet superstar works in savory recipes as well? Use it to up your salad game, or make your mango dance by adding it to chunky salsa!

1. In a medium-large sealable container, combine 1/2 cup chopped mango, 1/2 cup canned black beans (drained and rinsed), 1/3 cup seeded and chopped tomatoes, 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion, 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper, 1 tablespoon seeded and chopped jalapeño pepper, 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, 2 teaspoons lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin.

2. Mix until uniform. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use!

Cherry Pie in a Mug

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Entire recipe: 206 calories, 0.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 180mg sodium, 48g carbs, 5g fiber, 33.5g sugars, 1.5g protein

Cherries are nature’s candy, with a lot less sugar than chocolate bars! They're loaded with fiber, antioxidants, and potassium. Pitting them can be a pain, but I promise, it's worth it. (You can always take the easy route and purchase pitted frozen cherries!)

Add them to overnight oats or a growing oatmeal bowl for a black forest twist. Or treat yourself to a guilt-free sweet cherry pie.

1. Spray a large microwave-safe mug with nonstick spray. Add 1 1/2 cups pitted dark sweet cherries to mug.

2. Add 2 teaspoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon granulated white sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and a dash of salt. Stir to coat.

3. Microwave for 4 minutes, or until thickened.

4. Let cool slightly, about 10 minutes.

5. Sprinkle with 1 crushed low-fat honey graham cracker (1/4 sheet), and top with 2 tablespoons Fat Free Reddi-wip (or a natural light whipped topping). 

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