Of course it is best to eat fresh fruit, and my favorites are bananas and apples. Strawberries are nice with a dollop or two, (well, three or four for me), of whipped cream. When the Farmer’s Market is in town, I like to eat fresh peaches or apricots.
However, I get tired of eating plain fruit and since I like to experiment, I have come up with a few new ideas. Here are five fun ways to add fruit to your diet:
Hit the Salad Bar
When you go out to eat, make sure the salad bar is included in your meal. One of my favorites is a fruit cup. Blueberries, strawberries, apples, and mandarin oranges are mixed together and I like the different tastes and textures. Another favorite is cottage cheese and pineapple.
An icy cold juice bar hits the spot on a hot day and is usually offered in different flavors. One word of caution, make sure you are purchasing bars with 100% juice. Better yet, get some Popsicle sticks and make your own recipe.
Fruit and Cheese Kabobs
It’s fun to eat from a skewer and adding cheese to the skewers bumps up the protein. Cut your favorite cheese into small cubes. Use wooden skewers and alternate threading between green grapes, cheese and strawberries. In just minutes, you’re ready to sit down and enjoy.
Substitute Applesauce for Oil
When you’re baking a cake or cookies, substituting unsweetened applesauce instead of oil cuts the fat and calories. Use the same measurement as you would for oil. If you are baking for a special occasion, do a test bake first, and see if you need to make adjustments.
Fruit is delicious by itself, but making a fruit dip using low-fat yogurt adds even more delicious flavor and nutrition. If you’re crunched for time, try this dip that only calls for three ingredients.