Three Fresh Fruit Recipes to Enjoy This Spring

Last week I gave you three of my favorite vegetable recipes. Well, I couldn’t leave it at that. So I also wanted to share some fresh fruit recipes to enjoy this spring.

The beauty of fruit is that it is naturally sweet due to the natural fructose, or fruit sugar, that is in it. This makes it ready to be served as a dessert. Remember the goal is to get at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. For fruit, one serving is usually 1/2 cup to 1 cup, depending on the fruit. Fruit is low in calories and fat, but since there is some natural fruit sugar there are some carbs that need to be accounted for. One measured serving of fruit has somewhere between 65-100 calories. Fruit also has a variety of vitamins, minerals, fiber, water, antioxidants and other nutrients that are good for your body and your health.

Here are three very simple and healthy fruit recipes that provide a rainbow of colors and nutrition that your whole family is sure to love.

Red and Black Fruit Salad

I love to serve this over whole wheat pancakes instead of syrup, as a filling for crepes, served as a salad topping and dressing, mixed into plain Greek yogurt, or even mixed into my oatmeal. Again, this is just one combination of fruit that you can use. You can substitute a variety of different fruits depending on your tastes and what is in season. Get creative with it.

Watermelon Bites with Basil Oil, Feta and Mint

This delightful appetizer will delight your guests with its fresh taste. I have also made this and tossed it with other vegetables or served it over a bed of lettuce for a springy and delicious salad.

Fruit Pizza

I love fruit pizza for dessert or even a snack. Again, this is just an idea or guide to get you started. Like any pizza, you can choose the toppings that you like. My one recommendation is to use different colors for presentation, appeal and a variety of different nutrients.

What are some of your favorite fruit recipes? Let me know if you try any of these and what you think.

Check out these other fruit recipes from A Healthier Michigan:

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Ingredients

2 red plums, pitted and sliced
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons unsalted shelled pistachios, chopped
3 mint leaves, coarsely torn (about 1 tablespoon)

Red and Black Fruit Salad

Instructions
Mix together sugar or honey, orange juice and cinnamon. Toss in plums, raspberries, and blueberries. Let it stand for 15 minutes. Serve sprinkled with pistachios and mint. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

Watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes with the seeds removed (sometimes I cut out fun shapes with a cookie cutter)
Basil-infused olive oil
Low-fat feta cheese, crumbled
Mint, finely chopped

Watermelon Bites with Basil Oil, Feta and Mint

Instructions
Cut the watermelon into 1-inch cubes. Drizzle sparingly with the basil olive oil and garnish with crumbled feta and mint. Enjoy!

Note: If you can’t find basil-flavored olive oil, no worries. Just use extra virgin olive oil and add a few basil leave sliced thin to the mint and top on the watermelon.

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Ingredients

Oat cake crust

1/3 cup (30 g) of old-fashioned oats
4-5 egg whites (or 3 whole eggs)
2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
2 teaspoons sugar, honey, Splenda or other sweetener

Topping

1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
1-2 teaspoons sugar, honey, Splenda or other sweetener
1/4 banana, sliced to your liking
1/4-1/2 cup strawberries, hulled
1/4-1/2 cup blueberries
(You’ll use about 1 cup of fruit total)

Fruit Pizza

Instructions
For the oat cake crust: Turn the oats into an oat flour by putting them in a blender. Add 2 teaspoons of the sweetener of your choice and blend, then add applesauce and egg whites and continue to blend.

Pour mixture in a large, nonstick skillet and let cook over medium heat until it begins to bubble like a pancake. Flip and cook until light brown on underside. Remove from heat.

In a separate bowl, mix yogurt with sweetener and then spread on top of the cooked crust. Decorate with strawberries, blueberries and bananas then cut with a pizza cutter. Enjoy!

Note: This recipe serves 1 or 2 people for a dessert or snack.

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    1. I love that pairing of the watermelon and feta. I think you will love it. I sometimes like to cut out fun watermelon shapes with cookie cutters too. Let me know how you like it when you try it.

      Thanks for reading and for your comment. :o)

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