Fruit rarely appears in dinner recipes, but fruit is packed with healthful nutrients (like it’s veggie cousins) and can be pleasingly savory. Fruit is a proven anti-ager. Plus, fruits’ antioxidants may prevent cell damage linked with aging and disease.

Paired with the recipes is a guide highlighting the benefits of each fruit, how it works and what vitamins it is loaded with. Learn which fruit:

  • Fight cancer and fine lines (cantaloupes, kiwifruit, oranges, pineapples, etc)
  • Safeguard your heart,(bananas, honeydew, mango, plantains, etc)
  • Stop weight creep (bananas, apples, blueberries, pears, blackberries, etc)
  • Be fitter longer (blueberries, cherries, pomegranates)
  • Maintain a sharp mind (apples, blueberries, grapes, plums, etc)

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Shrimp and Watermelon Skillet

Watermelon is a heart-healthy heavyweight.  It has about twice as much ticker-protecting lycopene as tomatoes do. Serves 4

-2 whole-wheat pitas (8 inches each), both cut into 8 triangles
-2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
-12 oz medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
-1/2 cup sliced shallots
-4 cups cubed (1 inch) seedless watermelon
-1/4 tsp salt (preferably kosher)
-1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
-1 large cucumber, peeled and chopped
-2 oz crumbled feta
-2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
-2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
-2 limes, cut into wedges

Heat oven to 450 degrees.  On a baking sheet, toast pita triangles, turning once, until crisp and brown, 3 to 5 minutes each side.  In a large skillet, heat oil over high heat.  Cook shrimp and shallots, stirring, until shrimp is pink and shallots are crisp, 2 to 4 minutes; transfer to bowl.  In same skillet, cook watermelon and 1/4 cup water over high heat, stirring, until liquid becomes syrupy, about 3 minutes.  Remove skillet from heat, add shrimp mixture, salt and pepper; stir.  Divide shrimp-watermelon mixture (warm or chilled) among 4 plates; add cucumber and feta.  Sprinkle with dill and mint.  Serve with 4 pita pieces and lime wedges.

THE DISH 307 calories, 12 g fat (3 g saturated), 36 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 19 g protein.