Healthy snacks for fruit lovers


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We all know fruit’s one of those healthy food groups. But that doesn’t mean we can only eat it au natural! Here are 31 fruit-filled snacks to make your daily dose of fruit a bit more interesting.

Sweet

Chocolate-Covered Kiwi Pops

 This chocolate-fruit combo isn't as classic as strawberries and chocolate, but it's just as good! Slice kiwi crosswise into ½-inch thick slices. Pat dry (so the chocolate sticks), and dip in melted chocolate. Lay flat and freeze.

Frozen Fruit with Chocolate Drizzle

 Pick your favorite fruits, dice 'em up, and skewer 'em. Drizzle with melted dark chocolate, pop them in the freezer for a few hours, and you have yourself acool, sweet treat with minimal work.

Greek Yogurt-Covered Frozen Strawberries

 Here's one of our super-simple faves. Trim strawberries, roll them in Greek yogurt, and freeze. This one's customizable, too — you can choose whichever yogurt flavor you like. We're fans of Chobani's Vanilla Chocolate Chunk, or a mixture of plain yogurt and a drizzle of honey.

ABS (Almond Butter, Banana, Strawberry) Sandwich

Here’s one way to take the PBJ to a whole new level: swap in almond butter, and add some sliced strawberries! The whole-grain bread and strawberries offer a great dose of heart-healthy fiber, the almond butter is rich in protein, and the banana’s packed with potassium and the perfect amount of sweetness. 

Banana-Only "Ice Cream"

 Yes, you can have your ice cream and watch your calories, too (as long as you define "ice cream" pretty loosely). Simply peel a few bananas, stick them in the freezer, and let them hang out for a few hours, or until solid. Put the frozen 'nanners in the bowl of a food processor, and process until smooth. Finally, add in your choice of mix-ins if you like! Dark chocolate chips, diced strawberries, or a PB swirl are Greatist favorites.

For all 25 sweet fruit treats, go to Greatist.com.

Savory

Strawberries Stuffed with Goat Cheese or Feta

Here's an interesting way to pair salty and sweet: Instead of filling strawberries with chocolate or yogurt, try stuffing hulled strawberries with some salty, tangy goat or feta cheese. One of our favorite superfoods,  strawberries are filled with fiber and vitamin C, making them a healthy, low-calorie addition to any snack.

Watermelon with Feta 

 This sweet-and-salty combo makes for a great midday snack. Dice a hunk ofwatermelon and some feta (aim for about two parts watermelon, one part feta), and toss to combine. Watermelon's a healthier choice because it's relatively low in calories per cup, it's low in sugar, and it's packed with vitamins A and C, as well as the amino acid citruline, which could help lower blood pressure, and lycopene, which has been shown to protect the body from UV rays [1].

Fresh Figs and Prosciutto

Fresh figs — does it get any better? Well, when you wrap a fresh fig in a slice of cured pig, we think it does.

Watermelon-Mint Salad

Here's a savory take on a fruit-filled snack: Chopped watermelon, mint, onion, feta, and mint mix with a light vinaigrette. The longer it sits, the more flavorful it gets!

For the full list of savory fruit treats, go to Greatist.com.