Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fresh Fruits for the Fourth

So many of the traditional BBQ recipes are so heavy and filling, I try to serve some light & fresh side dishes to balance out the menu. This fruit salad from EatBetterAmerica will be just perfect!

Pineapple-Berry Salad with Honey-Mint Dressing

Honey and mint jazz up this quick-to-make berry and pineapple fruit salad with fresh tropical flavors!

Prep Time:15 min
Start to Finish:15 min
makes:4 servings (3/4 cup each)

3 tablespoons frozen (thawed) lemonade concentrate
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves
1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks (about 2 cups)
1/4 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup fresh raspberries
1/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries

1. In 1-cup measuring cup, mix lemonade concentrate, honey and mint.

2. In large bowl, gently stir together remaining ingredients. Stir in lemonade mixture until fruits are coated. Serve immediately, or refrigerate up to 4

Nutritional Information:
1 Serving: Calories 110 (Calories from Fat 15); Total Fat 17g (Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 650mg; Total Carbohydrate 21g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 8g); Protein 14g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 0%; Vitamin C 70%; Calcium 0%; Iron 20% Exchanges: 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable Carbohydrate Choices: 2

And while you have the fruit & mint out, how about a lightened up Mojito?

Blueberry Mojito

4 lemon wedges
4 lime wedges
16 blueberries
20 mint leaves
Crushed ice
1 ounce fresh lime juice
2 ounces fresh lemon juice
8 ounces of your favorite rum (aged)
4 ounces cold water
1/4 Cup + 2 tsp of Truvia® natural sweetener spoonable*

* or 16 packets of Truvia® natural sweetener


In a cocktail shaker muddle the blueberries, mint leaves and lemon- lime wedges. Add the crushed ice, lemon and lime juice and Truvia® natural sweetener and shake well. Stain over cubed or crushed ice and garnish with lemon wedge and mint sprig.

Serves 4, 6 oz serving

Nutrition Facts per serving:

Calories 150; Total Fat, 0g; Saturated Fat, 0g; Trans Fat, 0g; Cholesterol, 0mg; Sodium, 0mg; Total Carbohydrate, 17g; Dietary Fiber, 0g; Sugars, 1g; Erythritol, 14g: Protein, 0g; Vitamin A, 0% DV; Vitamin C, 20% DV; Calcium, 0% DV; Iron, 0% DV.

Have a Beauty-Full Day,