The Best Fruit Bowl Recipe Ever!
By Vanessa Palencia
A few years ago, the paleo diet was at its peak in popularity and so many people were obsessed with it. I was one of them. My mom even gifted me a paleo cookbook for Christmas. I was cooking everything that was paleo approved: cauliflower rice, almond flour chocolate chip cookies, and coconut milk whipped cream. However, when I found out about the Whole30 diet. I wanted to take on the challenge. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Whole30, it’s a stricter version of the paleo diet, which didn’t allow you to mix things up to create delectable sweets, like banana pancakes, for 30 days. I know, what a horrible thing!! But that didn’t scare me away from trying it out.
As with most diets, I started off strong and I felt lighter on my feet within the first week. It wasn’t until the 3rd week that I started feeling crabby because when I was craving chocolate during that time of the month, all I could feed myself was fruit. I can’t tell you how many bananas I stuffed my face with. It also probably didn’t help that it was January and all I wanted was a cup of hot chocolate. *tear*
One day, when I was tired of just having bananas, blueberries, or apples to satisfy my sugar craving, I decided to throw everything together.
My first fruit bowl invention consisted of bananas, microwave-warmed apples, raisins, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and cinnamon. It was good and did the job, but it wasn’t quite what I was looking for. The next time I decided to have another go at the fruit bowl, I took out the apples and put in almond butter and grapes. If people could actually have heart eyes, then that was me. I was over the moon with what I had created. Over time, I have adapted my fruit bowl by taking out the raisins and adding in the blackberries, which I have found is the best combination of fruits ever. Even my boyfriend, who wasn’t a big fruit-eater before, has come to love my fruit bowls and whips one up himself whenever he is having a craving for sweets. It’s definitely much healthier and fulfilling than if you were to have a donut, so with that in mind, I hope you do enjoy eating it as much as I have enjoyed creating it!
Grapes (powerful antioxidants that help remove toxins from the body)
Bananas (potassium that helps with good nerves and muscle function)
Blackberries (vitamins C and E help to promote healthy skin)
Raspberries (high dietary fiber and manganese that aids in weight loss)
Strawberries (helps strengthen immune system)
Blueberries (high in gallic acid and other phenols to promote healthy brain function)
Almond butter (healthy fats and fiber)
Cinnamon (lowers blood sugar levels and reduce heart disease)
**Remember you do not want to counteract your healthier food choice with overindulgence, so make sure to keep your total portion size down to just over a normal bowl-sized amount**
Step 1: Wash all the fruit you’re going to use.
Step 2: Slice the bananas and strawberries
Step 3: Add all fruit to bowl.
Step 4: Top off your fruit bowl with 2 -4 spoonfuls of almond butter and finish off with a few dashes of cinnamon.
Now go and enjoy your new favorite concoction!