There is nothing like summer fruit. It tastes good, makes you feel good, and is good for you, too! Fruit is packed with loads of healthy nutrients, including fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Think of fruit as a one-stop shop for many of your important dietary needs. And what better way to enjoy the delicious varieties of summer fruit than as delightful desserts! Even when you’re short on time, the following fresh fruit-filled desserts can be assembled quickly and easily and are satisfying treats with nutritious benefits.
Fiber-Full: Fruit is packed with fiber, which has many benefits, including to help curb your appetite and keep you satisfied. Choose from a variety of fresh, frozen and dried fruit.
Berry Healthy: Berries are a healthy, nutritious and delicious fruit to use in all sorts of desserts, including crisps, muffins, quick breads, cakes and pies. Blueberries are bursting with antioxidant flavonoids that can help prevent cataracts, hemorrhoids, cardiovascular disease and many types of cancers. Blueberries contain vitamins A, C, E the B complex and other minerals such as potassium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese, which are beneficial to brain health and may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Summer is high season for blueberries and other berries; fresh varieties are readily available and affordable.
Feeling Blue? Frozen blueberries work just as well as fresh berries in your baked goods. Toss blueberries with a little flour before adding them to cake and muffin batters; this helps prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the pan and also keeps the batter around the berries from turning blue.
Just Peachy! Peaches (and nectarines) are good sources of carotenes, potassium and natural sugars. They also contain lutein, which gives them their red-orange-yellow pigment, and lycopene. These phytochemicals are very beneficial in reducing the risk of heart disease, macular degeneration and cancer.
Pear-fect! Pears are a super source of fiber, which helps lower cholesterol levels, decreasing the risk of heart disease. Pears contain vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, folic acid and niacin, and are rich in copper, phosphorus and potassium.
This article and its recipes appeared in Kosher Inspired, Issue 5. Kosher Inspired is a project of Mishpacha Magazine.