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Best Low Fat Fruit Recipes

The Taste of Summer


When summer comes around, there's really no excuse for not eating your five-plus servings of fruit and vegetables. Here are some low fat ways to ensure you at least get your allotment of fruit.

1. Nectarine and Berry Fruit Salad

Nectarine and Berry Salad
Fiona Haynes

This fruit salad makes the most of juicy sunset-fleshed nectarines and fresh blackberries and raspberries. Simply top with a spoonful or two of thick Greek yogurt, preferably the nonfat kind.

2. Blueberry Sorbet

Blueberry Sorbet
Fiona Haynes

Sorbet is a refreshing, low calorie, virtually fat free summertime treat. Blueberries make for a gorgeous, intensely purple sorbet. If, like me, you don't have an ice cream maker, the second stint in the blender or food processor improves the texture of the sorbet, to make it smoother. 

3. Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles

Low Fat Strawberry Yogurt Popsicle
Fiona Haynes
These strawberry yogurt popsicles are so easy to make. If you don't have popsicle molds, simply use 3-ounce paper cups. Once you've poured in the mixture, cover the top of the cup with foil wrap, and poke a popsicle stick into it. After freezing the popsicle, tear off the paper cup and enjoy your frozen strawberry treat.

4. Tropical Fruit Salad

Tropical Fruit Salad
Fiona Haynes
Bursting with canteloupe, oranges, mangoes, pineapple and kiwi, this attractive fruit salad is delicious all by itself, but if you must, a dollop of thick Greek nonfat yogurt will add a nice tang.

5. Banana Berry Smoothie

Fruit Smoothie
Fiona Haynes
Make the most of summer berries and ripe bananas by blending this delicious and nutritious smoothie. This is the perfect recipe for my berry-averse younger child. She enjoys berry flavors but not berries in their whole state.

6. Broiled Nectarines with Brown Sugar and Sour Cream

Broiled Nectarines with Brown Sugar and Sour Cream
Fiona Haynes
This is one of those simple yet sublime desserts that make a perfect ending to a summer meal with family and friends. Substitute peaches for the nectarines if you wish, and, of course, you can grill them instead of broiling them if you prefer.

7. Easy Cherry Pie Filling

Easy Cherry Pie Filling
Fiona Haynes
Use fresh or frozen pitted dark cherries to make a delicious cherry pie filling. Use it in a low fat pies, tarts, turnovers, cobblers, crisps, or serve warm over pancakes or with a dollop of low fat frozen yogurt.

8. Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote
Fiona Haynes
Sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb are a delicious combination in this sweet yet tart compote. Serve warm over pancakes and waffles, or cold over angel food cake or in trifle or parfait.

9. Light Blueberry Crisp

Low Fat Blueberry Crisp
Fiona Haynes
While frozen blueberries are perfectly fine for this light blueberry crisp, I enjoy using fresh plump blueberries, which turn from a dusky blue to a deep purple as they're cooked. Enjoy this light blueberry crisp with a warm low-fat custard sauce, or with some frozen vanilla yogurt.

10. Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes

Raspberry Cheesecake
Fiona Haynes
If you love cheesecake but hate the fat and calories, then these portion-controlled lower-fat raspberry cheesecakes should fit the bill. Plus, they're quick and easy to make. I use tub cream cheese rather than blocks because the cream cheese is nice and soft.
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