11 Tasty (and Healthy) Ways to Eat More Fruit

Even the pickiest eaters will love these recipes. (Cocktails included!) 

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We all know we need to eat fruit daily for optimal health — the USDA's MyPlate guidelines recommend filling half of your plate with fruits and veggies at every meal. It's best to eat a variety of colors — from red to green — but sometimes that's easier said than done. (Does wine count?) Kayla showed us 16 ways to enjoy summer's favorite fruit, but here are 11 more recipes that'll make fruit your summer go-to. 

FIRE UP THE GRILL

Grilled Avocado With Ceviche

Yes, avocado is a fruit! Stuff it with cool, fresh ceviche for the perfect summer dinner.

Grilled Fruit Skewers

Grilled Fruit Skewers

Grilled Fruit Skewers

Spice things up with cumin and chili powder, and pair with ricotta or yogurt dip.

Make This: Grilled Fruit Skewers

ON THE GO

Parfaits

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Photo by: Jessica Downey

Jessica Downey

Alternate layers of Greek yogurt and your favorite fruits for a healthy, gorgeous treat you can eat for breakfast, lunch or as a snack.

Fruit and Nut Bars

Fruit, Nut and Seed bars

Fruit, Nut and Seed bars

Homemade fruit, nut and seed bars are a nutritious on-the-go snack.

Make these ahead of time and enjoy on your commute.

Make This: Fruit and Nut Bars

SUMMER PARTY MENU

Fruit Cones

Fruit Cones

Fruit Cones

Give kids a healthy alternative to ice cream by letting them serve themselves fruit inside of waffle cones. For a no mess approach, protect your table surface with a table cloth or runner, then set the waffle cones into plastic ice cream cone stands. Let the kids fill up their cones with their favorite fruits, then enjoy their creations at the table.

These colorful party cones will be a hit with kids and adults alike. To make, fill waffle cones with your favorite fruits in a variety colors, placing bigger fruits at the bottom.

Fruit Salsa

Swap tomatoes and onions for your favorite fruits. Substitute the sugar for local honey, and serve with baked pita bread for a healthier version.

Make This: Fruit Salsa

Miniature Fruit Tarts

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Use Champagne from the night before to add flavor to this delectable dessert.

Make This: Miniature Fruit Tarts

Cool Cucumber Cocktail

Refreshing Cubama Cocktail with Mint and Cucumber Garnish

Refreshing Cubama Cocktail with Mint and Cucumber Garnish

This gin concoction blends cucumber, a powerful antioxidant, with apple cider and cranberry juice for a healthy cocktail option. Garnish with cucumber and mint and serve in a quaint glass for a lovely summer cocktail.

Combine gin with cucumber, cranberry juice and apple cider for the perfect summertime beverage.

FROZEN TREATS

Frozen Clementine Sorbet

Frozen Clementine Sorbet

Frozen Clementine Sorbet

This recipe uses the entire fruit — including the peel.

Snow Cones With Fruit Topping

DIY Coconut Snow Cones

DIY Coconut Snow Cones

Make your own snow cones at home! Blend up ice cubes to make DIY shaved ice, then top with coconut-lime syrup and your favorite fruits.

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Andrew McGary, © 2015 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

To make, blend ice cubes or use a shaved ice machine. Top with coconut-lime syrup, coconut chips and your favorite fruits.

Waterberry Batida Cocktail

Frozen Waterberry Batida

Frozen Waterberry Batida

Off to Brazil and the land of cachaca, a liquor made from distilled sugar-cane juice. This frozen cocktail tops the cachaca with strawberries and watermelon, the perfect fruity drink for your next spring or summer gathering.

Combine Brazilian white rum with fresh strawberries and watermelon for a tasty summer cocktail.

Strawberry Ice Cubes

Strawberry Ice

Strawberry Ice

Add a sweet element of surprise to water or lemonade by freezing strawberry halves in water. Once frozen, the cubes’ flavor adds a kick to your drinks and also brings another decorative layer to your tablescape.

Flavor water, lemonade or your favorite cocktail with fruit ice cubes. To make, fill an ice cube tray with water and place half a strawberry in each cube. Freeze until completely solid.

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