This weekend is one of the biggest holidays of the year if you live in the US. Independence Day. July 4th. BBQ grills will be fired up and the swimming pools hopping all weekend this weekend for sure, as Americans all across the land enjoy this quintessential summer holiday. My dad is coming to visit, and a group of us are going to a Nationals baseball game on the 4th – not sure you can get much more American than that!

We’ll also be cooking out, and while I don’t have my entire menu planned yet, one thing I know I will definitely be making is this yummy fruit salad that shows my red, white and blue pride.

My mother always used to say that summer is the best time to eat. She was one of those people that was always right – which was annoying at times! – and she was definitely right about that. As a kid I went to the farm stand with my mom at least two or three times a week during the summer to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, or I helped her pick vegetables right out of our own garden, that she would transform into amazing salads and delectable dishes. Now I live in the city, not close to any farm stands. I also decidedly have a brown thumb, rendering gardening next to impossible. But I’m fortunate to live near lots of farmers markets which I try to hit regularly to stock up on my summer bounty.

This is a simple salad, but oh, so tasty! It screams summer and is a great way to rock the red, white and blue. It’s also a great way to boost your fertility – the berries are packed with antioxidants, which protect your cells from cell damage and premature aging – including your reproductive cells (i.e., your eggs and sperm)!

I love that this salad includes mint for an added treat. Cool, refreshing mint is also a hallmark of summer – and mint is one of the few things that I actually can grow in my garden!

patriotic-berry-salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced or cubed
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • ½ honeydew melon, cubed or balled using a melon baller
  • 1 banana, sliced (optional)
  • Chopped mint, about 1/4 cup (more or less depending on your taste – I like things minty!)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • ¼ tsp. organic vanilla extract

Directions: Toss mint with lemon juice, vanilla, and 1 Tbsp filtered water. Combine with fruits, cover and let sit or refrigerate until ready to serve – at least 30 minutes. If using banana, wait to add banana until just before serving.

That’s it! Easy peasy and delish!

All berries are awesome for fertility but raspberries and blueberries are the most loaded with the coveted antioxidants. Strawberries have also been linked to increasing a woman’s libido. Bonus!

Choose your favorite berries and enjoy at least a cup of them every day. We’re lucky that they’re in season right now, but when they’re out of season, pick them up frozen so that you can enjoy them all year long.

Another awesome thing about eating salads like this is that while the individual ingredients are healthy and good for you, they work together when they are combined to be even better for you. This is known as food synergy. Basically, there’s increased power in the packaging more than in the individual components . Mother Nature knew what she was doing when she created plant foods. There’s magic in the packaging.

Who needs a sugary dessert when you can have a salad like this, which is nature’s best dessert and a boost to your fertility? My mom would love it.

Happy 4th of July!