Super Summer Fruit Salad

Summer is the easiest season to stay healthy and eat light. Not only is it too hot for fatty rich foods but who wants to turn the stove or oven on in sweltering 91-degree heat? It is so easy to throw a no-cook option together for breakfast, lunch…or dinner. There are cheap fruit stands on every corner and a local farmer’s markets in nearly every neighborhood–pick something up on your way home–no excuses!

It is a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, niacin and folates. These vitamins are essential since they function by acting as co-factors to help body metabolize carbohydrates, protein and fats

This recipe was inspired by a video by Iswari Super Foods starring yogis Lea and Tarik of www.loveashtangayoga.com.

ALL of the ingredients are available in the States in the exotic fruit section of any grocery store–perhaps in small towns it is easier to stick to the basic fruits and order the supplements online. You can also modify the recipe to suit your taste.

SUMMER SUPER SALAD INGREDIENTS (for the fruit salad in the video)

Papaya

Mango

Banana

Rambutan

Pineapple

Watermelon

Spirulina (raw/natural powder)

Chia Seeds

Hemp Seeds

Raw Cocoa Nibs

Cashew Nuts

Iswari Super Foods also features other fruits such as Mangosteen and Longan, which are not included in their salad but should definitely be a part of your exotic fruit basket. They’re super tasty and super good for you…

Longan is said to invigorate the heart and spleen, nourish the blood and have a calming effect on the nervous system.

Mangosteen "The Queen of Fruit"

In my breakfast-version of this fruit salad I used Yogurt as a base and added some fruit with spirulina and semp seeds on top. I’ll pick up Chia seeds on my next visit to Bell Bates.

The deep green color of the Spirulina with the vibrant orange and yellow of the fruit mixed with the creamy white yogurt makes me think of an art project but it was DELISHHHHHHH!!!

SUPER SUMMER BREAKFAST FRUIT SALAD

Greek Yogurt

Papaya

Mango

Spirulina

Hemp Seeds

I picked everything up in Chinatown from street vendors or at my favorite Hong Kong Market on Hester Street. The supplements are from Bell Bates (Reade Street b/n Chuch and W. Broadway). I found raw Spirulina at Whole Foods for double the price of Bell Bates…if I can’t afford to support the local farmers I can at least support small business in New York!

Rambutans are high in vitamin C, plus copper, manganese, and trace elements of many other nutrients such as potassium, calcium, and iron

What I found is that for new and exotic fruits it’s important to ask a lot of questions about how to select, prepare and store everything but if that’s not an option (my communication with the kind little old ladies running the fruit stands in Chinatown were limited to nodding and pointing…) try the next best thing: Google.

I also used the Papaya peel as directed in the video and my skin was GLOWING! Not only does papaya help with digestion but it also contains papain, a leading ingredient in skin whitening products. It is a natural enzyme that promotes skin renewal and cell turnover. Wash your face first to clean the skin, then just rub the fruit side of the papaya peel on your face (coat the fruit all over your skin) to exfoliate the skin and help reduce the signs of aging. You can also use the seeds for tenderizing meat or like peppercorns–just place them on a plate/paper towel to dry for a week or so.


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