Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Day at the Lake with Save Mart Cantaloupe #FreshFinds #Shop #cbias



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This summer has been filled with fun times. We swim at the pool, have BBQ dinners, attended festivals and even met some new friends. This year we decided we wanted to take our son for his first lake trip. He has swam in pools and dipped his toes in the river but we have not made it to the lake. When I saw the great deals at Save Mart for the food I would need to plan a picnic I knew we had to go. I have been wanting to try a new recipe for Cantaloupe Berry Fruit Salad that has a lemon yogurt and cinnamon dressing.


We made a list for our day at the lake using the Save Mart ad and divided it in half. My husband and I planned to divide and conquer in the store. We had a busy day planned and knew this would be fast. My son went with me since I had the "cool" racing cart. We ended up with 44 items all together and saved $36.86. Great shopping trip! You can read about our shopping trip in my Google+ story.



I found many fresh finds at Save Mart. Everything I need for my Cantaloupe Berry Salad, honey mangoes to snack on while I cook, watermelon to slice into wedges for the kids to eat and red bell peppers to add to the pasta salad. Thankfully my son loves fresh fruit and ate almost half the containers of strawberries and blueberries while I was preparing the fruit salad. I had to hide them or he would have eaten them all!



The sweet scent of fresh fruit filled the kitchen as I was preparing the salad. I always look forward to California summers that are filled with local fresh fruits and veggies. I often just set our a big bowl of cut fruit to guest to snack on. I wanted to fancy up our fruit for the day at the lake so I made a cinnamon lemon yogurt dressing.

Cantaloupe Berry Fruit Salad Recipe:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup low fat lemon yogurt

2 tsp. lemon juice

2 tsp. sugar

1/8 tsp. cinnamon

2 cups sliced cantaloupe 

2 cups sliced strawberries

2 cups blueberries

Preparation:

In small bowl, mix yogurt, juice, sugar, and cinnamon and blend well with whisk. Combine remaining ingredients in salad bowl and drizzle with salad dressing. Cover and chill until serving.


We packed up the fruit salad, pasta salad, watermelon slices, fresh corn that we planned to grilled in the husk, the meat to BBQ and all drove to Folsom. The kids were super excited to be going to the lake. For a few of our friends this would be their first time at the lake, just like my son.

The food was delicious. The fruit salad was a big hit, some of the kids even asked for seconds! We ate so much I wanted to make sure the kids waited for a bit before heading back to the water. I did not want to sound like a cliche so I did not want to say "You have to wait 30 minutes before swimming" so I had them talking and playing with balloons I brought. We played balloons and had fun for about, 30 minutes lol. If its true or not about waiting to swim I still like to have them settle their tummies before swimming.



One of the benefits of serving fruit for a day at the lake dinner is we were all hydrated and full of antioxidants while we enjoyed the summer sun. Some people like to make things like S'mores but for us on a hot summer day fresh fruit is what we love. We all headed to the water to swim and build sand castles. We had a perfect summer day!


My son loved swimming in Folsom Lake. He wanted to stay as long as we could, the only way I could get him to leave is by promising he could have more fruit and swim at the pool when we got home.



You can find great recipes and see what items are on sale to plan your next summer adventure on the Save Mart website, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
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