Healthy Gal: Healthy Fruit Salad Dessert Recipe!

April 5, 2012

Healthy Fruit Salad Dessert Recipe!

This is the EASIEST, prettiest, and tastiest fruit salad you’ll have ever tried! It takes all of about 15 minutes to prepare and the best part is it’s a whole lot “HEALTHY-ER” than regular desserts. Haha (WELL, it is)!

I know it’s not easy to eat healthy on a busy schedule or during the holidays, which is why I keep my recipes simple! When I made this, I didn’t expect it to turn out so pretty and as I was making it, I thought how nice it would be for an alternative Easter desert!

You DO NOT have to sacrifice healthy eating just because you are on a budget! I live on a budget everyday and I am a HUGE avid healthy, clean eater! One of the ways I cut back on my grocery costs is by buying fruits and vegetables that are on sale and in season! Oh, and when they go on a super sale (like a totally FRUGALICIOUS price type sale…you know what I’m talking about…I know you do!) I buy EXTRA and freeze it! Back in January my local Sprouts had blackberries on sale for $.75 for a 6 oz. package. That’s super cheap, so I bought 8 packages and froze 6 of them for future use. When you defrost blackberries, they produce this pretty purple juice and that’s where I got this idea for a healthier fruit salad dessert!

*You can put any fruit you want in this fruit salad and I suggest you buy the fruit that is on sale this week. If you want the pretty purple color, you’ll need to buy blackberries and freeze them though. You can also get a pretty pink color by using frozen strawberries!

Ingredients:

  • (2) 6 oz. Packages of Blackberries (Buy them and freeze them! That’s how you get the pretty purple color.)
  • (1) 8 oz. Fat-Free Cool Whip Topping
  • (4) Cups of any mixture of fruit you can find on sale this week. I used strawberries, bananas and canned pineapple in it’s own juice (drained).
  • (1) Bag of Multi-Colored Mini Marshmallows (I got the ones pictured above at the $.99 Only Store.

Directions:

  • In a medium serving bowl place the frozen blackberries and allow them to defrost. Make sure you leave the juice!
  • Cut all your other fruits up and add that to the blackberries in the bowl.
  • Add 1/2 the tub of fat free Cool Whip topping and mix it all together until you have a nice evenly colored purple mixture.
  • Before serving, top the fruit salad with the multi-colored mini marshmallows as a garnish.
    • *Health Tip: Adding the marshmallows to the top, rather than mixing them in allows you to control the portion size. It is VERY important to control portion sizes of things that are not necessarily healthy, like sugar. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends no more than 8 teaspoons per day of added sugar based on a 2,000 calories/day diet.  That’s 32 grams if you’re reading labels. So, if you top your dish with just a couple marshmallows, it will still be pretty and you’ll still have the little added sweetness, while cutting back on sugar and controlling your portion size. Of course, you can always just leave the marshmallows off, but it’s ok to indulge a little and not completely deprive yourself. And if you are making this as an alternative to dessert, it’s a WHOLE lot healthier than chocolate cake or apple pie!
  • Enjoy!

*Be sure to check out the other Healthy Gal Recipes I have written about for some other healthy meal ideas! You might also like my Healthy Banana Bites that I often eat as an alternative to ice cream and other frozen treats.

~Healthy Gal~

*Disclaimer: Never start a new exercise/diet regimen without consulting your Dr. first.
*Copywright: This is an original series developed and written by Coupon Gal.

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