A fresh fruit platter is an excellent alternative to heavy desserts like pie or cake, and eating fruit is an excellent way to add vitamins, minerals and fiber to the diet. When choosing the fruits for a fruit platter, consider filling the platter with lower-glycemic fruits, and use high-glycemic fruits sparingly. Berries like raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries are low on the glycemic scale but high in vitamins and antioxidants. Bananas, apples, and cantaloupe are also good choices and many people enjoy them. Grapes, pineapple, and mangoes are a little higher on the index and should be used sparingly. For some flair, add kiwis, carambola, and lychees to the platter. Fruit is delicious on its own, but a sweet, creamy dip is a wonderful and tasty addition to any fruit platter.
Easy, Delicious Fruit Dip Recipe
One of the easiest fruit dip recipes is to combine a brick of softened cream cheese, a half cup marshmallow crème and a half cup of whipped topping and let it chill until set. Although delicious, it is a little light on nutrition. For a more nutritious dip, substitute Neufchatel cheese for cream cheese and reduced-calorie whipped topping. This will lower the sugar and calories, but the dip will still be very tasty.
Greek Yogurt for a Healthy Substitute
For healthy fruit dips, Greek yogurt makes an excellent base for many different kinds of nutritious dips. Virtually any dip that calls for sour cream can be made with non-fat greek yogurt. While fat-free sour cream is available, non-fat greek yogurt offers twice the amount of protein as sour cream, includes digestion-friendly bacteria and depending on the brand, does not contain the gelatins and fillers that are used to thicken fat-free sour cream.
Easy Greek Yogurt Dip
One of the easiest fruit dip recipes is to blend two cups of Greek yogurt with a half cup of honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon. This is a healthy and sweet addition to any fruit platter, and goes well with most any fruit.
Citrus Greek Dip
Citrus can add a wonderful zing to a yogurt dip. Blend a one cup of vanilla Greek yogurt with two tablespoons of lime or lemon juice and two tablespoons of honey. Add the zest of the fruit for extra flavor. Refrigerate the dip for at least one hour before serving so the flavors can blend.
Get Children to Eat Their Fruit with an Apple Pie Dip
Using dip is an innovative way to get children to eat fruit. One recipe that children will enjoy is reminiscent of apple pie. Blend one cup of vanilla greek yogurt with a one quarter cup of applesauce, then add a quarter of a teaspoon of nutmeg and a quarter of a teaspoon of cinnamon. Plain yogurt can be substituted, but a little vanilla extract should be added to the yogurt.
Gluten-free, Dairy-free Fruit Dip
For a gluten-free, dairy-free fruit dip, instead of adding yogurt and the applesauce, just use about a half cup of honey, then spice it with cinnamon and nutmeg, or some apple pie spice. Chopped walnuts, almonds, or pecans can be added for a little crunch.
These are all some great ideas that won’t sabotage health. Add an array of fruits around any of these dips and you have something to take to school functions, for family desserts, or potlucks.