Do you know it's the International Fruit Day on the 1st of July? Yeah, let's celebrate the day with MBG Fruit Shop’s annual “Yes! Fruits” fruity festival.
“Yes! Fruits” festival aims to excite Malaysians to include more fruits into their diet with fun carnival-like activities such as contests, culinary demos, educational nuggets at all MBG outlets from July 1 to August 31. MBG also kicked off its nationwide fruits survey cum contest to understand Malaysian’s awareness and behaviours towards fruits & fruits juices, promising exciting prizes amounting to RM10,000 including Pensonic Papa Blender , MBG product hampers and vouchers.
This year MBG introduced it's new fruits salad bars at Tropicana City Mall and Wangsa Walk Shopping Mall, with more to come. At only RM3.70/100gram, you can mix and match your healthy snacks anytime of the day. During the Holy Ramadhan month, you could opt to break-fast with fruits salad that not only taste good but healthier too.
Oh my.... I'm spoilt for choice.
Create your healthy and unique salad dressing with date syrup, red island extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil 100%, apple vinegar, date vinegar or pomegranate vinegar available at the salad bar.
For added goodness, you could top up with organic chia seeds, mixed dried cranberries & black currants, mixed dried fruits & seeds and nuts, mixed mulberry, raisin & seeds, natural dried longan pulp or fresh dried mango. So what's your pick?
Need more advice on nutrition? Well, let's hear it from the experts! In the pipeline is their Nutritionist On The Go” – a community campaign which enables the public to consult MBG’s very own nutritionist at selective outlets to get nutritional consultation making its debut soon. In a healthy fruit salad demo cum workshop with us, we have consultant dietitian Indra Balaratnam at MBG’s Tropicana City Mall outlet recently. Eating fruit and vegetables which are high in vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants, water -- are important for good health. Now with salad bars such as MBG’s it's all about being convenient, fun and creative way to enjoy your fruits and vegetables with the large assortment of nutritious fruit and vegetables.The key to making a good salad would be adding a variety of colourful fruit and vegetables which offer different antioxidants. Beside the fruits, you could also top up with dried fruit, nuts, seeds, herbs and dressings to make the salad flavourful, extra nutritious or even as a meal replacement. Yogurt is also a good protein source high in calcium that make a perfect dressing to fruit salads compare to conventional premixed salad dressing.
If you need some idea, here's Indra pretty looking and lip-smackingly good salad recipes.
A. SUNSHINE RAINBOW SALAD
Perfect juice dressing for a light mixed fruit salad
Ingredients for the salad:
· Mango -- diced
· Strawberries -- diced
· Green kiwi -- sliced
· Almonds -- slivered
Ingredients for the dressing:
· Juice of 1 orange
· Juice of 1/2 lemon
· Juice of 1/2 lime
· Orange zest
· 1-2 Tablespoons of honey (or to taste)
Whisk the dressing together in a large mixing bowl. Toss in the cut fruit. Chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before serving.
Indra’s tip: This fruit salad is full of vitamin C and a variety of antioxidants from the rainbow coloured fruit combination to help keep your immunity up as you start to face another hustle and bustle day.
B. COOL YOGURT SALAD
Ingredients for the salad:
· Salad leaves
· Cucumber -- sliced
· Pink dragon fruit -- diced
· Pears -- diced
· Pineapple -- diced
· Watermelon -- diced
· Avocado – cored and sliced
Ingredients for yogurt dressing:
· 1 cup Greek yogurt
· 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
· 1 ½ Tablespoons lemon juice
· 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
· 2 Tablespoons chives – finely chopped
· 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley – finely chopped
· Salt to taste
Mix all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate to use when needed.
Assemble the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle with the yogurt dressing.
Indra’s tip: This yogurt dressing is perfect to cool you down for a light afternoon lunch. The yogurt provides protein, calcium and good probiotics. The fruits have fiber to aid digestion; plus the avocado and nuts have good healthy fats and Omega 3.
C. SAVOURY SPICED GREEN APPLE & MANGO SALAD
Ingredients for salad:
· Green apple – thinly sliced
· Ripe mango -- diced
· Fresh mint leaves – finely chopped
· Roasted cashew nuts
Ingredients for the dressing
· ½ cup fresh lime juice
· 3 teaspoons fish sauce (adjust to your taste)
· 3 teaspoons brown sugar
· 6 chili – finely chopped
In a large mixing bowl, mix all the dressing ingredients. Adjust the fish sauce and brown sugar to your taste, if needed.
Then gently toss in the salad ingredients.
Indra’s tip: This simple recipe has the soluble fiber goodness of mango and green apple to help control cholesterol and digestion. Makes a nice refreshing side dish to Asian dishes.
I always love MBG's Avocado Smoothies milky rich blend and not forgetting topping it with some chia seeds too.
Till then, click into www.mbg.com.my for more information.
*Pic without watermark credit to MBG.