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Alice Henneman, MS, Registered Dietitian and Extension Educator
University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County


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The "Dish" on Fruit Desserts

Rather than spend time preparing a "fancy" fruit dessert (to which much sugar and/or fat often is added), simply serve fruit in a "fancy" dish!

tall dish

A plain, peeled and sliced peach -- plopped in a cereal bowl and topped with a dab of ice cream -- becomes an elegant dessert when displayed in a pretty serving dish.

Perhaps you already have some large wine goblets in your cupboard that would serve double-duty as dessert dishes. Or, some pretty glass coffee cups might look equally exquisite.

If you decide to purchase some "fancy" dishes, think: "dishwasher safe." The easier your dessert dishes are to clean, the more likely you are to use them, and to enjoy this and similar healthy fruit desserts.

short dish

This versatile dish was bought on sale and stacks for easy storage.
Try using a wine glass as "fancy" dish.

Though long on looks, this fruit dessert is low in calories:
  • A half cup of a light ice cream provides about 100 calories, as well as calcium.
  • One sliced, medium-sized peach (2-1/2 inch diameter) adds around 40 calories.
  • Toss in a fourth cup of blueberries (for added eye-appeal and nutrients) for about 20 calories.
  • The grand total: 160 calories! The sugar in the ice cream is the only sweetener needed.
TIP: If you'd like to slice the peaches earlier in the day, a simple way to prevent browning is to use a commercial anti-darkening preparation such Fruit-Fresh (R) Produce Protector. Follow the manufacturer's directions. You also could coat them lightly with an acidic juice such as lemon, orange or pineapple juice.


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Extension Educator
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