Just because it’s winter, (is it winter yet? We have snow here…) doesn’t mean fruit salad is out of style! This Zero Point Fruit Salad is so refreshing and will bring you right back to summer.
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I had a brunch with some coworkers on Saturday.
We had this planned for weeks and I was so excited that the time had finally come that I almost forgot to figure out what I was going to bring as a dish to pass.
I wanted to try and make something healthy because the other foods there were a breakfast casserole and chocolate chip pumpkin bread.
Both were delicious and I used a lot of my weeklies, if you didn’t already guess.
I’m a big fan of fruit so I thought I’d make a Zero Point Fruit Salad.
Fruit is good with any meal, but for some reason, especially breakfast.
The best thing about fruit salad is there really isn’t a way you can go wrong.
I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious this Zero Point Fruit Salad is.
It really tastes like it should be a lot of points, but it really isn’t!
With fruit being zero points, I rely on it heavily.
I can get bored with the same old stuff, so it was refreshing to eat this salad.
Fruit salad is nice this time of year because it gives me a little taste of nicer days, when the weather is what I like.
Living in Wisconsin has its ups, but to me, the long winter is definitely a down.
Plenty of cloudy days and the sun setting early is no fun.
My family always has some type of fruit salad during the spring and summer months.
When I can bring that into the fall and winter, it cheers me up.
I was so happy when Weight Watchers™ announced that they would be making all fruits zero points.
It definitely keeps me on track.
I can’t keep fruit in the house for long though.
If it were up to my toddler, he would live on fruit.
We got him a happy meal once and all he ate was the apples.
Yes, only the apples.
I wish I had that much restraint!
When I was pregnant with him, I had intense cravings for fruit.
I would think about fruit before I went to bed and the first thing in the morning.
I’d get so excited to get to the grocery store in the morning to buy my tub of pineapple to get my fix.
My mouth was already watering on the way into the store.
The pineapple tub was $8.00, and I would eat one a day.
Now that’s expensive.
I’d also get other intense fruit cravings.
One day I went to the store to get my fruit fix and ended up spending $38.00.
For one morning.
No, I didn’t eat it all that morning, but it was gone by the next day.
I was quickly gaining weight, so I talked to my doctor about my gains.
She asked what I was eating and I told her.
She giggled and told me that I was eating way too much fruit.
She told me that a cup of pineapple a day would be okay, but definitely to stop eating a whole pineapple a day.
Here I was, thinking I was being healthy, and come to find out…fruit is full of sugar.
I mean, I knew that, but it wasn’t like I was eating a Snickers a day.
But, I probably was eating more calories in fruit than one snicker bar a day.
Thank God for Weight Watchers™ because it has helped me drop almost 60 pounds of the 69 I gained…mostly eating fruit!
Anyway, you can put whatever kind of fruit in this salad that your little heart desires.
Just take it from me, don’t eat the whole bowl in a day.
The whole reason that Weight Watchers™ made fruit zero points was because they thought that you wouldn’t overeat on fruit.
So, keep an eye on the amount you’re eating.
The bananas do get a little soft after a day in the salad, but they are still delicious.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!
Zero Point Fruit Salad – 0 Points per 1 Cup Serving
2 medium peaches, peeled and cut into chunks
2 medium bananas, peeled and sliced
2 cups purple or green grapes, washed and plucked from stem
2 medium apples, washed, peeled and cut into chunks
3 kiwis, peeled and cut into chunks
2 cups strawberries, washed, trimmed and cut into slices
1 (14.5 oz) can of this ingredient (DO NOT DRAIN – ADD WATER WITH FRUIT)
1/2 of whole pineapple, peeled, cored & cut into chunks (canned pineapple will add points)
Juice of one lime
2 teaspoons of lime zest (this really makes it delicious!)
2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix
Make sure not to drain the juice from the Mandarin oranges.
In a medium bowl, combine all fruit and lime juice.
Add the lime zest.
Sprinkle the pudding over the fruit mixture.
You can serve immediately, but it’s best after refrigerated for at least one hour.
Serving size = 1 Cup
WW Personal Points™ = 0
*** For the most accurate point count, enter this recipe into the recipe builder on the WW app. WW Personal Points™ is different for everyone, so your points may vary. ***
- 1 14.5 oz can no sugar added mandarin oranges
- 2 medium apples, peeled and chopped into chunks
- 1/2 of a pineapple
- 3 kiwi fruit, peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 cups strawberries, trimmed and sliced
- 2 cups grapes
- 2 medium bananas, sliced
- 2 medium peaches, peeled and cut into chunks
- juice of one lime
- 2 tsp lime zest
- 2 TBS vanilla instant pudding mix (mix only)
- Do not drain the mandarin oranges. Add water with oranges. This will help mix with the pudding to create a glaze on the fruit.
- Add all ingredients to a medium sized bowl and mix together well.
- You can serve right away, but it's best when refrigerated for at least 2 hours.
You can use any fruit you would like in this recipe. Use what's in season to be easier on your pocketbook. The vanilla pudding makes this salad delicious and really helps blend all the flavors.
Serving Size1 Cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 304Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 1mgSodium 44mgCarbohydrates 75gFiber 4gSugar 65gProtein 2g