During the summer, my fruit cravings go through the roof! Whether it's fresh, freeze-dried, frozen, or grilled (yes, grilled fruit is good), naturally sweet fruit is a must-have for warm-weather chewing. Here are a few quick pairings to get some into your life in unconventional ways…
Funky Monkey Pink Pineapple Freeze-Dried Fruit + Kellogg's Special K Red Berries Cereal
Want a quick and fun snack mix? Mix up a 1-oz. packet of that sweet freeze-dried pineapple with two cups of the cereal in a sealable plastic container, and you'll have double snack serving of super-fruity, light 'n crunchy deliciousness. Bring it to work, to school, or just along for a busy day of errands!
Half of the mix (0.5 oz. fruit with 1 cup cereal) has 165 calories, 0g fat, 4.5g fiber, and a POINTS® value of 3.
Banana + Sugar-Free Pancake Syrup
Looking for a fruity dessert option? Test this out… Slice a banana in half and lay cut-side down in a skillet sprayed with some nonstick spray (the butter-flavor stuff works well here). Cook until your banana slices have caramelized a bit, and flip 'em over to cook the other side, about 5 minutes per side. Slide the slices onto a plate and drizzle with syrup. Mmmm!
One banana with 2 Tbsp. syrup has 115 calories, 0.5g fat, 3g fiber, and a POINTS value of 2.
Mango Salsa + Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger
OK, so you'll probably want these along with some other items, but the pairing is the important part. Chop up your cooked patty, and top it with the fruity salsa. Then scoop it onto lettuce leaves. Or throw it into half a whole-wheat pita. Or wrap the duo in a high-fiber tortilla. All of these things work. Or you can just eat it with a fork.
Totally your call.
One burger with 2 Tbsp. salsa has 140 calories, 4g fat, 4g fiber, and a POINTS value of 2.
Dried Cranberries + Lean Chicken Breast
Tired of eating plain grilled chicken breast while everyone else is having hamburgers and hot dogs? Hello! Make 'em jealous. Pound a a raw 5-oz. boneless skinless lean chicken breast cutlet to about 1/2-inch thickness, place dried cranberries on the center, and then roll it up and secure it with toothpicks. In a pan covered with foil, bake it at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Yum!!!
One 5-oz. chicken cutlet with 2 Tbsp. dried cranberries has 207 calories, 2g fat, 1g fiber, and a POINTS value of 4.