I remember clearly the moment I, the brand new mother, expressed an enormous amount of distress to my children’s pediatrician – worried that my small people LOVED fruits, but simply didn’t seem to be taking to vegetables as much as I’d like. No matter how I tried, they, like me, seemed to recognize the very moment a vegetable was placed on their plate. I tried everything – green beans, carrots, peas, corn, and even more aggressively, I offered Brussels sprouts, peppers and even some cauliflower. It just wasn’t happening. I was so worried they weren’t getting the vitamins they needed.
But my pediatrician made my year the moment she reminded me that fruits and vegetables were in the very same category on the food pyramid. So, LOVING fruit was a good thing – even if vegetables weren’t their favorites. This didn’t mean I stopped trying with vegetables, it simply meant that I could rest easy knowing that fruits were offering them some amazing benefits.
And summer might be our favorite time to indulge because the fruit is so fresh and beautiful. Over the years, their palate has evolved to not only include a few vegetables, but also more and more fruit. These are our favorites for this time of year.
Strawberry - If I’m honest, this is a year-round favorite, but this time of year they are so red and lovely. The flavor of the strawberry simply bursts on your tongue and it is a treat not only with our meals, but also to complement the desserts we all enjoy – from pies to ice creams.
Raspberry - This was the first fruit that felt like ‘branching out’ for my daughter. As delicate as they are, she has loved to include them in lunches and as a treat in lieu of other sweets.
Mango - This fruit reminds me of vacation. A tropical vacation, that is. Its sweet flavor is wonderful fresh, frozen or even added to a smoothie (especially if you are trying to convince your small people to try it for the first time!)
Pineapple - It might be safe to say this is my favorite fruit. I could eat it every day. There are few fruits more delicious than fresh pineapple. This, too, reminds me of vacation. It is the perfect complement to breakfast or lunch and can also be added to a dessert or a smoothie.
Peach - It might be the aroma of the peach that first gets to me. It simply smells like summer. It is important to buy and enjoy them when they are ripe and not allow them to move past that stage. We love to have them cool right after being outside on a warm day.
Which fabulous summer fruit am I missing? I’m sure you have a favorite you can’t live without this time of year. I’d love to know what it is.