Thursday, April 3, 2008

Tropical Fruit Experience: An Exotic and Refreshing Fruit Salad

Helping athletes meet their workout needs is one of my favorite things to do. I used this recipe recently for a hands-on cooking class with Division I athletes.

Players who do hours of explosive activity need a good amount of carbs, preferably through natural sources. This fruit salad always gets rave reviews at potlicks, but the athletes, as well as coach's kids, love it too!

1 large papaya, diced
3 medium mangos, largely chopped
2 large bananas, sliced
½ cup large, flaked coconut
¼ cup of honey or 5-6 packets of artificial sweetener
½ tsp freshly ground cinnamon
1 tsp real vanilla extract

1.) Combine all ingredients in a medium-large bowl
2.) Stir until mixed

Nutrition (1/8 of recipe): 150 Calories, 35 g carbohydrates, 1.25 g protein, 2.25 g fat

Jean offers nutrition coaching for weight loss, muscle gain, or any of your personal goals at her office in the Alico building in downtown Waco, TX right in the heart of central Texas. She also offers personal training services at Ironhorse gym on the corner of Franklin and 17th, which is also very convenient to downtown Waco. Contact information can be found on her personal website.


Jaya said...

Jean, I've just come across your blog and am fiercely appreciative of the well-substantiated information and the great recipes! I'm curious to know if you ever use agave nectar in lieu of honey? I use both, but simply love the flavour of agave and its beautiful burnt amber colour.

Bravo on your own achievements and thanks for sharing your knowledge and time. All the best en route to the coveted status of doctorhood!

Jean Jitomir MS, RD said...

Hi Jaya, Thanks for the suggestion! I have not tried agave nectar; however, based on your reccomendation I picked up some up today! I am in San Siego for the FASEB (Experimental Biology) conference and natural food stores are far more abundant in Calofornia than in Texas!