My sister-in-law served us this amazing fruit salsa last summer and I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to share it with you. Today, my brother and his wife visited us, and together my sister-in-law and I prepared this healthy and tasty snack/treat. I’m sure it will be a big hit with you and your family and friends, too! Thanks, Stephanie, for this amazing recipe!

What’s your favourite way to enjoy berries?!

Summer Fruit Salsa

Ingredients (we didn’t measure anything, so all measurements are approximate!):

1 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries (I used “Europe’s Best” frozen “4-Field Berry Mix”, which is made up of blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries)

1/2 peeled and chopped apple (my sister-in-law also uses pears and kiwi, I just didn’t have any on hand today)

2 Tbsp strawberry jam (I used my homemade strawberry jam, the recipe and directions for which I will post very soon!)

2 Tbsp Agave nectar and/or honey and/or maple syrup (adjust according to taste)

 

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until almost smooth. Taste and make any necessary adjustments. Transfer to serving bowl. If you are using fresh berries, refrigerate before serving, as the salsa tastes best cold.

 

Cinnamon & Sugar Tortilla Chips

Ingredients:

2 – 4 whole wheat tortilla breads (I used pita bread today, since that’s all I had on hand and they turned out great, too!)

1 – 2 Tbsp melted butter

2 – 4 Tbsp cinnamon and sugar, mixed together

 

Directions:

Brush tortilla breads with melted butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Cut into triangles  (works best using a pizza cutter!) and place onto cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until tortilla triangles are crisp, approximately 4 minutes.

 

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Guacamole

April 30, 2012

One of my favourite snacks is freshly made guacamole with toasted whole wheat naan bread. Though my kids aren’t really a fan of “the green stuff”, they are willing to try it every now and again and I am confident that one day they will call this one of their favourite snacks, too! Update: My middle child now officially likes (maybe even “loves”) guacamole, and the other two are almost there! This is living proof that if you keep offering you child healthy foods, they will learn to like them!

This “recipe” is one I have come up with by experimenting over time.

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado

1 clove garlic, finely chopped or pressed

1/2 small onion, finely chopped

lime juice of 1 small lime

1/2 medium tomato, diced (or smaller)

salt & pepper to taste

whole wheat naan bread

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place naan bread on baking sheet. Bake for 3 – 5 minutes, turning once after 2 minutes. Remove from oven and cut into triangles (I use a pizza cutter to do this).

Cut avocado in half, lengthwise. Discard pit, and spoon out flesh into a small bowl. Add garlic, onion, and lime juice. Mash everything together to desired consistency (I like mine a bit lumpy!) and then add the tomato and salt & pepper and stir gently.

Serve immediately, but be sure to share and ENJOY!

Yes, avocado is relatively high in calorie and fat content, but it is the “good” kind of fat, so “avocado is definitely a food we should be including in our diets”, according to Canada’s leading nutritionist, Leslie Beck. See the following link for more about avocados on Leslie’s website.

What’s your favourite way to enjoy avocados?