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Fruit Salad

'Fresh' Fruit Salads

After a weekend away where I rediscovered the delight of fresh fruit salad for breakfast, I came up with my own cheat's versions. The recipes combine the convenience of a carefully chosen canned fruit with the superior taste of a few fresh favourites, and they're all very low in fat.

You can make a bowl in under 5 minutes, pop it in the fridge and leave it overnight to allow the flavours to infuse. Once made, it keeps well in the fridge for 3-4 days - though since it's also delicious as an afternoon snack, evening dessert, or refreshing juice (simply pop a serving your juicer, whizz and enjoy served over crushed ice) - mine never lasts that long!

Oh, just because I can't decide on my favourite combination - here's my top 3!

 

Tart & Tangy 'Fresh' Fruit Salad

I simply love the tartness of grapefruit in the morning to kick start the stomach!

(If grapefruit's not for you, swop it for a tin of pineapple in natural juice instead).

I like to enjoy a bowl for breakfast served with a pot of low fat yoghurt (for an additional 60 calories) - I haven't found a flavour yet that doesn't work!

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Small Apple, cored and cubed
  • 1 Medium Pear, cored and cubed
  • 1 Can/220g Grapefruit Segments, in Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 Can/298g Mandarin Orange Segments, in Natural Juice

Method

  1. Pour the lemon juice into a bowl, add the apple and pear and swirl to coat.
  2. Add grapefruit and mandarin segments (including all juice), gently stir to mix.
  3. Pop in the fridge until ready to serve.

 

Super Juicy
'Fresh' Fruit Salad

Not only delicious as a juicy fruit salad this recipe also makes a refreshing drink. Simply pop a serving into your juicer and serve over crushed ice in a tall glass, with a straw (ok, the straw's optional!)

Ingredients

  • 1 Can/298g Mandarin Orange Segments, in Natural Juice
  • 1 Can/227g Pineapple Pieces, in Pineapple Juice
  • 100g Red Grapes, Seedless
  • 2 Slices/400g Melon, peeled and cubed

Method

  1. Add all the ingredients (including juice from canned fruit) to a bowl, and gently stir to mix.
  2. Pop in the fridge until ready to serve.

 

Sweetly Sumptuous 'Fresh' Fruit Salad

There's something simply indulgent about this combination that makes you feel as though you're enjoying a real treat.

I like to serve mine with a scoop of M&S Voluptuous Vanilla Ice Cream, or a dollop of Tesco's Healthy Eating Crème Fraiche (an extra 80 calories each) for a decadent dessert.

Ingredients

  • 1 Can/227g Pineapple Piece, in Pineapple Juice
  • 1 Can/298g Mandarin Orange Segments, in Natural Juice
  • 12 Strawberries, hulled and cut into halves
  • 2 Kiwi Fruit, peeled and sliced

Method

  1. Add all the ingredients (including juice from canned fruit) to a bowl, and gently stir to mix.
  2. Pop in the fridge until ready to serve.

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