Fruit nourishes the body with vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber while being low in fat and calories. A healthy diet including several servings of fruits and vegetables lowers health risks like certain cancers, heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Alternative serving methods prevent boredom when it comes to getting your daily servings of fruit.
Instead of mixing up fruit pieces into a fruit salad, slide them onto a skewer to create a fruit kabob. This presentation means you can eat the fruit without any utensils. The fruit kabobs works well for a potluck or as a healthy dessert. A basic yogurt dip from plain yogurt, fruit spread and a bit of honey adds flavor to the fruit kabobs. Another option is to lightly drizzle the kabobs with honey.
A plain tortilla creates a shell for your fruit in this serving idea. Spread flavored cream cheese onto a whole wheat tortilla. Flavored yogurt also works if you prefer. Cut up fruits into bite-size chunks. Arrange the fruit on top of the cream cheese or yogurt spread. Sprinkle the fruit with cinnamon or drizzle it with honey to finish off the treat. Roll or fold over the tortilla to hold the fruit inside.
Create your own baked tortilla chips to eat with a homemade fruit salsa. Cut tortillas into wedges and mist them lightly with canola oil or cooking spray and sprinkle them with cinnamon. Bake them at 400 degrees F for six minutes. Cut up your favorite fruits into small pieces for the salsa. Stir in a sprinkle of sugar or honey and a squeeze of lemon juice.
A traditional fruit salad consists of pieces of fruit stirred together, but you can also serve your fruit on a regular lettuce salad. Raspberry vinaigrette works well as the salad dressing. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and apples are all ideal fruits for a salad. Add nuts to finish the presentation. .
Baked or Grilled
Grilling and baking are more often associated with vegetables, but you can also grill or bake your fresh fruit. Pineapple rings or strips work well for grilling because they hold up well and the sugar caramelizes as it cooks. A mixture of three parts honey to one part lemon juice creates a glaze for the pineapple. Use oil or cooking spray on the grill to prevent the pineapple from sticking. Cook about four minutes per side.
Apples work well for baking. Core an apple and fill it with brown sugar, cinnamon, honey, nuts or dried fruit. Bake the apples at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or until they are tender.
References and ResourcesMayo Clinic: Color Your Diet: Fresh Fruit 10 Ways
United States Department of Agriculture: Why Is It Important to Eat Fruit?