According to research from the Produce for Better Health Foundation, “Those who eat fruits and vegetables every day are much more likely to report being satisfied with their life as a whole. ” So what better way to improve your mood than by adding a fruit-based dessert to your day? Incorporating nature’s candy into these fun ideas is a punch to better health and to complement any meal. Need more ideas? Visit www.bigy.com/rs/recipes and search for our Dessert category for the fruit you have on hand.
Frozen fruits – Besides making sweet smoothies and smoothies, frozen fruits like berries can become a wonderful dessert ingredient. Thaw, mash lightly and you have an instant berry filling, to fill or toss.
Canned fruit – Applesauce is great for cooking because you can use it in recipes to increase the fruit content while reducing ingredients like oil (replace 1: 1) or sugar (replace 1: 1 and reduce liquids for each cup of sugar replaced). But don’t stop there! Top canned peaches with a simple oatmeal crumble filling and bake for a real tummy warming treat.
Dried fruit – Incorporating raisins or chopped dried plums, mangoes or apricots into desserts adds a delicious chewy surprise to recipes. Plus, they pack a punch – just a cup of dried fruit counts as a ½ cup serving of Fruit Food Group. For a simple sweet and savory treat, toss your favorite dried fruit with nuts, chocolate chips and pretzels.
Fresh fruit – Whether serving cookies with sliced strawberries, honey poached pears or sautéed apples using the delicious recipe below, making fresh fruit the star of the dessert couldn’t be easier. Grilling fruit brings out the natural sweetness and can also be done inside. Lightly brush fruits like pineapple or peaches with oil and sear them on a hot pan for about 3 minutes per side.
Sautéed Maple Apples with Greek Yogurt
Recipe courtesy of Stemil
2 medium Stemlt apples, like Fuji, Gala or Pink Lady
¼ cup Full Circle Market 100% Pure Grade A Organic Maple Syrup
2 tablespoons Big Y butter
1 ½ teaspoons Big Y Cinnamon
– Sprinkle with Big Y nutmeg
– Pinch of coarse salt Y
– Sprinkle with Big Y light brown sugar
½ cup Big Y Vanilla Greek Yogurt
- Wash hands with soap and water. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. While the pan is heating, rinse the apples in cold water and pat dry. Cut into thin slices.
- Once the pan is hot, melt the butter and add the sliced apples. Sauté, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes or until apples are tender.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Stir until the sauce thickens and begins to bubble.
- Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
- Arrange and garnish with a spoonful of yogurt and sprinkle with brown sugar to serve.
Author’s Note: Andrea Luttrell is a registered dietitian-nutritionist for The big Y’s Eat Well and Eat Well program. She was recently named the BusinessWest 40 Under Forty winner. A nutritional question? E-mail email@example.com or write to him at Big Y Living Well Eating Smart, 2145 Roosevelt Ave, Springfield, MA 01102.