Dieting, Fruit Group Tips

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites


Substituting Fats in Recipes With Fruit

Eradicate that lump or cup of fat that is traditionally added to recipes - and enter into the modern day World of Healthier Dieting by adding mashed ripened fruit.

The mashed fruit adds:

- texture

- natural flavor

- moistness

Lower Calorie Fruit Beverages

Juice Based

Rather than drinking that full-blown soda, specialty cup of coffee or sweet tea which can contain 500 calories or more for the SMALL sizes - reach for natural fruit juice instead. Here are the easy steps that will create a beautiful, healthy drink:

1. Fill a glass with 1/2 cup of cold fizzy (seltzer or club soda) water.

2. Add 1/2 cup of chilled 100% fruit juice. Purple, white and red grape work exceptionally well, as does apple.

3. Add 1 teaspoon of real sugar - the granulated type that is usually on most kitchen tables or countertops.

4. Using a spoon, stir briskly and a beautiful rim will form at the top of the glass, much like cappuccino or latte.

Milk Based Fruit Beverages

1. Use 1/2 cup of your favorite frozen fruit. I love bananas so before I prepare my Skinny Shake, I freeze one small banana for about 30 minutes. This will allow me to make two beverages - one for me, and one to share.

2. 3/4 cup of very cold reduced fat milk.

3. Any complimenting flavoring agents - such as imitation vanilla, rum extract, coconut flavoring, banana flavoring, marshmallow flavoring and so forth.

4. Add any spices that will add to the richness and flavor of the Skinny shake - such as ground cinnamon, nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice.

5. Whirl all of the ingredients in a blender.

For example, if I were making my banana shake I would use the following recipe: 3/4 cup of skin milk, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 teaspoon of imitation vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon of rum flavoring and a dash of nutmeg. If more sweetness is desired, I would add a teaspoon of two amid the blending process.  Previous Page

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