Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Dressing

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For a delicious, juicy and easy way to get lots of fiber and vitamins and minerals in your diet try this Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Dressing recipe from Michaela at her blog An Affair From The Heart. The title says winter fruits, but this recipe can be enjoyed any time of the year. So many of us are so lucky to have any type of fruit from all over the world available in our grocery stores all year round.

One of the great things about fruit salad recipes is that you can substitute any fruit you prefer or have on hand. It calls for Cuties. This is just a brand name for clementines. If you can’t find clementines in your grocery store, try any small citrus fruit like tangerines, tangelos, mandarin oranges or small blood oranges. Seedless oranges will make eating this fruit salad recipe easier to eat though.

A food fact that not many people realize is that fruit can contribute to your daily fluid (water) needs. The fruits in this fruit salad recipe are very juicy, which means they contain lots of water. In fact, these fruits are 74-86% water by weight! If you make this fruit salad recipe exactly as it says, the whole recipe contains 1.4 L of water just from the fruit! This is equivalent to six cups of water. What a delicious way to help meet your water needs for the day.

This winter fruit salad recipe is also particularly rich in vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Vitamin C is an important nutrient for your immune system. In fact, it is needed for many functions in the body. It helps the body make collagen, which is involved in wound healing. Collagen is also important for healthy skin. This is why you often see collagen and vitamin C in anti-aging skin care products. However, working from the inside out is best. Your whole body, skin included, will be healthier if you are getting enough vitamin C. The potassium in this fruit salad recipe, is particularly good for your heart. Foods high in potassium and low in sodium are recommended for heart health, as this combination is good for blood pressure. Fruits and vegetables are the easiest ways to get high potassium, low sodium food choices in your diet. This fruit salad recipe has lots of fiber too, which can help keep you regular and help keep your colon healthy. Some people like a little crunch in their fruit salad too. You can add nuts or seeds for some extra protein, heart healthy fat and even more vitamins and minerals. Try walnuts, pecans, sunflower or pumpkin seeds if you like. Serve this Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Dressing recipe as a healthy afternoon snack, as part of a healthy breakfast, or as a dessert at dinner tonight. The whole family will love it!

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