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Fruit Snacks

Processed Fruit Snacks like Welch’s fruit snacks or Kellog’s fruit snacks are a big no-no. Despite all their protests, they are loaded with sugar and unhealthy preservatives. Fresh Fruits are extremely healthy and should be a part of every balanced diet but one can also understand when kids refuse to eat fruits. They don’t seem to find anything fascinating about them. You have to make fruits more appealing for them by making a medley of fruits or fruit desserts. You can also
modify fruits into Low Fat Smoothies. Here are a few recipes you can use to make scrumptious Fruit Snacks that will be visually appealing as well as delicious.

Watermelon Sherbet (Serves 4 cups)
  • 2 cups watermelon, cubed and seeded
  • ˝ cup sugar substitute (preferably honey)
  • 1 envelope gelatin, unflavored
  • 1/3 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • Blend Watermelon in a blender or food processor until smooth
  • Add honey
  • In a small saucepan, combine gelatin and cranberry juice. Let stand for 5 mins.
  • Stir mixture over low heat until gelatin is dissolved.
  • Pour and stir the gelatin mixture into the melon mixture.
  • Pour into an 8x8x2-inch baking pan. Cover and freeze for 2 hours or until firm.
  • Break up frozen mixture and place in a chilled mixer bowl.
  • Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed or until mixture is fluffy.
  • Return to pan. Cover and freeze for 6 hours or until firm

Fruit Salad (Serves 4-6)
What better way to get your recommended daily fruit servings than with this colorful, seasonal medley of vitamin- and antioxidant-rich fruits. Enjoy with a spoonful or two of low fat vanilla yogurt or whipped topping.

  • 1 cup strawberries, halved or quartered
  • 1 large unpeeled nectarine, sliced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large mango, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Combine fruit in large bowl. Drizzle with orange and lemon juice.
  • Toss gently.
  • Chill for at least 2 hours.
  • Serve with low fat or fat free vanilla yogurt or whipped topping.