Real Fruit Snacks

by Jackie on September 22, 2015

Just because the name includes the word fruit doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Fruit snacks are filled with high fructose corn syrup and sugar. Most fruit snacks are no different than candy, although the name would lead you to believe otherwise. Instead of sugar-filled fruit snacks, give your kids some real fruit options.

 

BlueberryLoaded Apple Wedges

A fun and delicious twist on plain apple slices!

Ingredients:

Apples

Cream cheese or peanut butter

Lemon juice

Topping ideas:
Granola

Chocolate

Shredded coconut

Dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries, etc.

Chopped nuts

Directions:

Wash, core, and slice apples. Soak apple slices in a bowl of cold water and lemon juice for a few minutes to prevent apples from turning brown. Dry apples thoroughly. Spread either cream cheese or peanut butter on each apple slice. Press into a bowl of your choice of toppings. Eat immediately or keep refrigerated until eating.

 

Caramel Maple Yogurt Dip

Try this recipe for caramel maple yogurt dip, delicious on apples, grapes, bananas, and berries.

Ingredients:

1 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt

3 Tbsp. caramel dip

1 Tbsp. maple syrup

Directions:

Just mix all ingredients together and enjoy!

 

Frozen Fruit Kabobs

A great summer substitute for popsicles, frozen fruit kabobs are nutrient rich and full of fiber!

Ingredients:

Strawberries

Grapes

Bananas

Or other favorite fruits

Chocolate or Nutella

Wooden skewers

Directions:

Wash fruit. Remove strawberry stems and slice if they are too large. Skewer fruit and place fruit kabobs on a parchment lined tray. Melt chocolate or Nutella according to directions and drizzle over fruit kabobs using a sandwich bag with the corner cut off. Freeze chocolate covered kabobs for two hours or until fully frozen. Once the kabobs are completely frozen you can enjoy them now, or store them in a freezer bag for up to a month.

 

Frozen Chocolate or Yogurt Covered Bananas

Ingredients:

Bananas

Yogurt flavor of your choice or semi-sweet chocolate

Wooden Skewers

Toppings of your choice

Topping ideas include:

Sliced almonds

Chopped pecans, walnuts, or peanuts

Sprinkles

Shredded coconut

Granola

Peanut butter or other nut butter

Crushed cookies

Directions:

Cut bananas in half width wise, skewer bananas, and freeze for two hours. Remove the frozen bananas from the freezer and dip in yogurt or melted chocolate and sprinkle or roll in the toppings of your choice. Return the bananas to the freezer again on a parchment lined tray to freeze again for an hour or until frozen. You can now remove from the freezer and enjoy or place in a freezer bag to keep for up to a month.

 

Layered Fruit Salad

This makes a beautiful, healthy, and delicious dish to take to parties that both kids and adults will enjoy! Use the fruit listed below or any combination of your favorite fruits.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon orange zest

1/2 teaspoon grated lemon, rind of

1 cinnamon stick

2 cups pineapple chunks

1 cup red seedless grapes

2 medium bananas, sliced

2 medium oranges, peeled and sectioned

1 medium grapefruit, peeled and sectioned

1 pint strawberry, sliced

2 kiwi fruits, peeled and sliced

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, combine the first six ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat; cool completely. Layer fruit in a glass serving bowl. Remove cinnamon stick from the sauce; pour sauce over fruit. Cover and chill for several hours before serving.

 

 

 

 

Jackie

Jackie

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I'm a fitness nut. I know what you're thinking, one of these people who has never been fat a day in her life, and can eat whatever she wants. The truth is I struggled with my weight growing up and lived in a household where everything seemed to be fried. Once I got away from home I realized I had the choice to eat and exercise how I wanted. I've gained a lot of insight into working as a personal trainer, and feel I can relate to others that were in my situation. I think if I can do it then you can to, and if you want to start kicking butt then hop on board and lets get started.
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