Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Fruit Salad with Basil and Lime

Calling this a "recipe" really seems like a cop out. I mean I took four ingredients and combined them. Four ingredients that you've probably already thought of combining. But if you haven't thought about combining these four ingredients, then this recipe is for you.

This recipe is here because this fruit salad recipe made me eat fruit salad. Don't get me wrong I like fruit. But give me the choice of fruit and something else and I will most likely pick something else. Doesn't really matter what that something else is, unless maybe it's just raw veggies, then I might pick fruit. I know this may seem weird coming from a somewhat healthy food consumer like myself, but my real love for food comes in the form of cheesy fries, creamy mushrooms, well seasoned steaks, and things with bacon in it.

But alas, swimsuit season is looming dangerously near, and free lunches at work have taken their toll. I have issues with turning down free food... and my portion control when it comes to free mashed potatoes is not as good as it should be. And at weddings, I have bad portion control at weddings. (And I've got a lot of those to attend this year!) Over the weekend I had 3 mini pies at a wedding. One was eaten in my hotel bed. I woke up with crumbs on me. My husband affectionately called me Fatty. Things need to change over here. So I'm doing a Whole 30 again. It worked really well for me in January, and I was able to get back on track with healthy, happy eating that made me feel good. Until we moved, then everything fell apart. Life gets busy. People bring you pizza. So I'm gonna give it another go, and maybe try not to cheat so much this time. Enter fruit salad for snacks to ween me off my sugar cravings. Wish me luck with this whole thing! I feel like it is gonna be a long 30 days, but hopefully it will force me to get creative with my healthy eating. Some great recipes came out of my last attempt at Whole 30 - like my Kalua Pig and my wildly popular Cauliflower Pizza Crust (which is not Whole 30 approved, but a great way to eat pizza without wheat or other grains).

P.S. If you would like to follow my Whole 30 journey I will be tweeting what I eat everyday. (I need to hold myself accountable!) Follow me on Twitter here.

P.S.S! - We are having Claim Jumpers tomorrow at work for lunch. Like I said this is going to be a long 30 days. But hopefully by the end of it, I won't crave such unhealthy food that always ends up making me feel awful and slug like.

And now for the "recipe."

Fruit Salad with Basil and Lime

1 lb strawberries
1 medium cantaloupe
7 - 10 basil leaves
1 lime

Wash and cut strawberries into fourths.

Cut cantaloupe in half. Scoop out seeds. Using a melon baller, scoop out flesh of cantaloupe into melon balls.

Roll up basil leaves and cut into thin strips.

Combine strawberries, melon balls, and basil in a bowl. Squeeze lime juice all over fruit. Toss and enjoy.

Love, Luck, and Happiness!
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