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3 Easy, Delicious Persimmon Recipes

By JENNIFER CASSETTA

The persimmon is a beautiful, deep-orange fruit that's translated from Latin as "the fruit of the gods." Persimmons are high in vitamin A, vitamin C and manganese, which play a role in strong, healthy bones and energy metabolism. At about 118 calories per persimmon, it's a low-calorie snack that's packed with fiber.

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Make sure they are the non-astringent type, and wait until they're ripe so they'll be extra sweet. Here are three ways to incorporate this delicious fruit into your diet while they are in season. They grow mainly in California and in Asia (where they originated). Enjoy!

Persimmon-Kale Smoothie
(For full nutritional information, here is a link to the recipe we created in MyPlate.)

Prep time: 5 minutes
Serves: 1

* 1 peeled persimmon
* 1 cup kale
* 1 scoop vanilla Vega protein powder
* 1/2 cup almond milk
* 1/2 cup coconut water
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
* 4 to 5 ice cubes

Directions:
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Persimmon Yogurt Parfait
(For full nutritional information, here is a link to the recipe we created in MyPlate.)

Prep time: 5 minutes
Serves: 1

* 8 ounces plain low-fat Greek yogurt
* 1 peeled persimmon, cubed
* 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
* 1 tablespoon raw pumpkin seeds
* Ground cinnamon to taste

Directions:
1. Layer yogurt and persimmons.
2. Top with pomegranate seeds and pumpkin seeds.
3. Sprinkle with cinnamon to taste.

Persimmon Goat Cheese Salad
(For full nutritional information, here is a link to the recipe we created in MyPlate.)

Prep time: 10 minutes
Serves: 1

* 6 butter lettuce leaves
* 1/2 peeled persimmon, sliced
* 1 1/2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
* 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
* 1 ounce almond slices
* Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Place butter lettuce leaves on a plate and persimmon slices on top.
2. Top with crumbled goat cheese and almond slices.
3. Dress with olive oil and vinegar.
4. Salt and pepper to taste

--Jennifer

Readers -- Do you have any favorite persimmon recipes? What kind of fruit do you prefer making smoothies with? Have you tried any of the recipes above? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Jennifer Cassetta, M.S., CN, is an author, speaker, third-degree black belt, clinical nutritionist and personal trainer. She works with global business leaders traveling the world as their personal health coach. She just co-wrote her first book, Hear Me Roar: How to Defend Your Mind, Body and Heart Against People Who Suck, which empowers women to be strong, safe and sexy through self-confidence, self-defense and nutrition advice.

Connect with Jennifer on her website, jennifercassetta.com, FacebookTwitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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