The other day I went to a brunch and was asked to bring a side dish. I am so over potato salad and green salads right now. I wanted to think of something that would be fun, pretty and also a conversation piece. BINGO then I received this recipe in my email and knew I had a winner. The recipe was taken from teambeachbody.com, author Rebecca Pardess.
Did you know that watermelon is super hydrating because it is 92% water??????? More and more you are seeing athletes turn to watermelon water vs that cruddy Gatorade stuff that rots your insides. Watermelon is also full of lycopene which is fabulous for your cardiovascular health. Watermelon also has a lot of citrulline. Citrulline is an amino acid which converts into arginine with help from the kidneys. The citrulline in watermelon has also been shown to reduce the accumulation of fat in our fat cells. Strawberries are not only full of vitamin C, but they taste AMAZING during the summer months. Strawberries contain potassium, folate, manganese, fiber, and magnesium. I could go on and on about these red beauties, but I think you get my drift- they are good for you 🙂
Blueberries are one of my favorite summer fruits. Part of this fascination with this berry might be because we started growing them in our backyard this year. There is a lot of new research out there that says blueberries might provide some cognitive support for us. I don’t know about you, but I am all for that 🙂 This support is because of the active flavonoids in the blueberries. The antioxidants (flavonoids) may activate the neuronal receptors, signaling proteins and gene expression in the hippocampus. Blueberries are good for so many things. They are a daily staple in my house.
Blackberries are a hit and miss in my book. They are fantastic for you, but if you do not get the right batch they can be tart. I purchase all my blackberries from our local CSA or farmers market. I have found that these berries, in general, taste better, and I do not get as many tart ones. When you get a good batch though, these beauties are delightful. Blackberries are very high in antioxidants. Blackberries are also high in flavonoids, especially anthocyanins. Did you know that if you have gout, blackberries are one of the best fruits you can consume? This is because of the high antioxidant and flavonoid levels in these berries.
If at all possible try and get all of your berries organic. I know it is not always possible to do this, but berries rank high on the dirty dozen. It is worth the few extra bucks if you can swing it.
Now lets chow down.
- 1½-inch thick slice fresh watermelon, cut into 4 wedges (quarters)
- 4 Tbsp. reduced fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt
- 4 medium strawberries, sliced
- 2 Tbsp. fresh blueberries
- ¼ cup fresh blackberries
- 1 kiwi fruit, cut into 4 slices
- 4 fresh mint leaves
- Spread each watermelon wedge with 1 Tbsp. yogurt. Top evenly with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and a kiwi slice.
- Garnish with mint leaves; serve immediately.
If you are using the portion control containers this recipe would be one purple. Because such a small amount of Greek yogurt is used, you only need to count this toward your purple containers.