Fruit for the Win
● By Alesha Damerville
By Alesha Damerville
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Summer easily wins as my favorite season. So many great things happen during the summer: activities on the water, free outdoor concerts, hiking, biking and lastly, my birthday falling in the end of June, are just a few things that make my summers in Steamboat so incredible.
While all of those things are great, today I’m discussing grilling out and backyard BBQs. Congregating with friends around a fire is quintessential Colorado. Usually, this late in the summer, most of Northwest Colorado finds itself in a fire ban. Luckily, this past winter, the snow gods blessed us with an insane amount of snow, so grilling season is still in full effect.
Basic grill-and-chill knowledge tells us that most of these events are a potluck. A copious amount of food is readily available to all who join. This is amazing! At the same time, it makes poor decision-making an easy option. I’ve recently attended a number of backyard grill sessions, and with the most recent I decided to create a fruit tray (or box, if we’re being accurate).
I literally arranged the fruit in a cake box. It turned out to be the perfect vessel for transporting several pounds of fruit.
I figured the more healthy options we had at the party, the better. My mission: fill up on fruit and avoid mayo-based salads and chips of any kind. I love these things, but I’ve been working hard to limit the amount of unhealthy things I take in and with a different grilling event happening several days a week, it was time to make a change.
Turns out the fruit was a hit. Channeling my inner Cher from “Clueless,” I found a way to make everyone at the party sublimely happy. Who knew all it took was a little fruit?
It was pretty clear I wasn’t the only one burnt out on the traditional cookout foods. I encourage an offering of a fruit tray/platter/box/whatever as your next contribution to the backyard BBQ or even camping scene.
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