Fruit salads are easy and fun dishes to make that are perfect for any get together all through the year, however many fruit salad recipes call for either whipped cream or vanilla pudding for added taste and texture. These additions, although tasty, are unfortunately often loaded with excess sucrose and artificial sweeteners. This kinda cancels out and sours the health benefits from the fruits in your dish. Luckily, we have a solution for you!
Swapping out the whipped cream and puddings for a simple mixture of greek yogurt, honey, or maple syrup will be a change your gut will thank you for. This is because greek yogurt is naturally high in probiotics, and any chance you get to add a little extra to your microbiome is a good idea! In addition, honey contains a multitude of vitamins and is primarily fructose and glucose, rather than the sucrose that’s found in traditional recipes.
*Fructose and glucose are simple sugars that your body can absorb far easier than sucrose, and can convert them directly into energy.
Pure maple syrup, although can be high in sucrose, contains a plethora of other vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and manganese.
See the recipe below for our simple and healthier Probiotic Packed Fruit Salad!
- 1 large bowl for mixing
- 1 rubber spatula for stirring
Ingredients: (note: the exact amount and variety of fruits is up to your preference.)
- 1 cup cut strawberries
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 cup blackberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 red apples (cut and cubed)
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
- Add all ingredients to the large bowl and stir until all fruit is evenly covered.
- Serve and enjoy!
Tip: Add grapes, walnuts, or even crushed pistachios to give your salad a bit more texture and variety.