I love using summer fruits as much as possible! This berry fruit salad is minty, fresh, and full of healthy nutrients!
If you are diabetic, or cooking for one, there are a couple of tricks you can use to make fruit salad lower on the Glycemic Index. Fruit is definitely healthy, but it can be high in sugar. First, add some shredded coconut. Coconut helps your body deal with sugar, and is high in fat and fiber, which cause the sugar you eat to go into your blood stream at a slower rate. That way you don’t overwhelm your pancreas with a ton of sugar all at once. Second, use a lot of berries. Berries are high in antioxidants and lower in sugar than most other fruits. Third, add some nuts! Nuts add fat and protein, which also slow down the sugar entering your blood stream. (Not to mention the fact that nuts are SO, SO good for you in other ways).
At the end of this post I’ve included a link to Dr. Furhman’s book, The End of Diabetes: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes. His vegan plan has helped thousands of people reverse their Type 2 Diabetes, and thousands of people manage Type 1. I reversed mine without being vegan, but learned a lot from him! If you or someone you love has diabetes, this book is a “must have.”
Here’s the recipe for the fruit salad. If you’re trying to make it diabetic friendly, skip the lime juice and honey. Just use fresh orange juice, instead. it still has some sugar, but less than the honey. Also skip the raisins. You may want to double this recipe for a large group. It should feed about 5.
- 1 Cup Raspberries
- 1-2 Cups Strawberries
- 1 Apple, Chopped
- Juice of 1 Lime
- 2-3 Tbsp Raw Honey
- 1 Handful Chopped Fresh Mint
- 1/2 Cup Raisins
- 1 Cup Chopped Pecans
- 1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut
In a large bowl mix together the lime juice and honey. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Serve cold.
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