I’m certainly not a whiz in the kitchen, but I like a cooking game every now and again. Among my favorite spring
-time cooking games, I love working with fruit. Fruit smoothies, banana splits and fruit salads are great snacks and also really good for you.
A nice cold treat on a warm day, the fruit smoothie is great for snacks or breakfast and you can make it with skim milk for protein without a lot of fat or ice cream to make it more delicious and smooth. To make a fruit smoothie, you’ll need:
• A blender
• Frozen fruit
• Fruit juice (I prefer orange juice)
• Milk or ice cream as desired
Set up your blender and splash in a generous helping of juice. Add a few pieces of each of your favorite kinds of fruit. Blend. If the mixture is too thick, add more juice. If it is too thin, add another piece of fruit. You can add a cup of milk or a scoop of ice cream if you’d like to make your smoothie with a bit more protein.
When you use frozen fruit, you likely won’t need to actually use ice in the mixture as the fruit will be enough to keep things icy, but having ice on hand is good insurance. Once your fruit is blended up completely, pour your smoothie into a fun glass and enjoy!
Definitely not as healthy as a smoothie, banana splits are a delicious ice cream treat that allows you to practice your creativity with toppings and your scooping ability. To make a banana split, peel a banana entirely and then cut it carefully length-wise, keeping the banana long and skinny.
Place the two halves on either side of the ice cream bowl. Scoop up 2-3 scoops of ice cream to put on top of the bananas in the dish. Top the ice cream with a variety of toppings including fudge, caramel, peanut butter sauce, candy, nuts, cherries, sprinkles and, of course, whipped cream. Delicious!
Perhaps the easiest way to play with fruit is to cut it all up and put it in a bowl. This easy cooking game has an easy name – fruit salad. There are recipes for fruit salads that include special mixtures of tropical fruit or melons, but my favorite kind of fruit salad is a bit less complicated.
Take a cart to the produce section of the grocery store. Browse the fruits and pick up everything that seems interesting to you. Grab apples, orange, bananas, grapes, berries, kiwi and whatever you want. Take it home (after you pay for it) and cut each piece of fruit into manageable bites. Put them in a bowl together and stir. When everything is nicely mixed, your fruit salad is complete and ready to be eaten at a meal or as a snack.