Monday, May 16, 2011

Recipes: Fruit Salad

I have to thank my cousin Megan for sharing with me the incredibly easy, calorie-friendly and healthy concept of fruit salad. No, no, not that nasty stuff in the can. Homemade yumminess that you can enjoy for breakfast, snack, or side dish without any guilt.

You can use just about any fruit that you enjoy or that is in season. You can also go what whatever quantities suit your needs. I honestly haven’t been making enough because the fruit salad is very popular around here, but I don’t have a bigger bowl.

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Here’s what I’ve been using lately:

  • 2 apples (one Fuji and one Granny Smith, typically), chopped
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 4-5 strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup grapes (red or green, whichever is on sale)
  • 1 jar mandarin oranges (I use Dole in the plastic jar), drained
  • 1 jar pineapple (I really like fresh, but unless it’s on sale, I use the Dole in the plastic jar), drained
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 chopped pecans
  • 1/2 coconut flakes

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate.

Serving size: 1 cup; calories: 145.2; fat: 4.4 g; proteins: 1.4 g; carbs: 27.8 g

I love eating the fruit salad plain or with a dollop of vanilla yogurt and sprinkled with granola. Yum!

4 comments:

  1.  We are working on the letter "A" right now and our theme is Apples - our book this week is Oliver's Fruit Salad so guess what we will be making this week?  Thanks for the recipe

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  2. Glad I could help. ;-) You'll love it!

    ~Kris

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  3. Yum!  I like the addition of pecans and coconut flakes. I will have to add that to my list but sparingly as those are two of my favorite things. Ie: could be trouble. Lately I've been loving fresh oranges on sale at our Walmart for $.38 each and pineapple is also there for $2.50 fresh.  (Just went this evening). 

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  4. Yes, the pecans and coconut (and the mini marshmallows) really add to the flavor, but they are definitely the two things you have to use sparingly, as they hike the calories up. Of course, the nuts are good fats, but still. I was surprised at how many calories the mandarin oranges have. They aren't usually my favorite fruit, but they're good it the salad.

    ~Kris

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