Who doesn't love fruit?  It's juicy, sweet and delicious and there are loads of things to do with it.  So we challenged our experts to come up with 10 ways to prepare and serve their favorite fruits.  Here is what they came up with:

  1. Try grilling some thick slices of pineapple, mango or peaches.
  2. Make a smoothie using low-fat yogurt and just about any fruit you can think of.  You can use frozen, fresh, or canned.
  3. Make a refreshing fruit soup by pureeing your favorite fruit with a little low-fat buttermilk or fruit juice.  And don't forget to add some fresh herbs, such as mint or basil.
  4. Add fruit to your salads for a little sweetness.  Strawberries and spinach go well together.  Mandarin oranges and romaine lettuce with a little chicken added makes a great Asian salad.  Try some grilled apples and blue cheese with mixed greens and nuts.
  5. Add fresh fruit to water to make refreshing fruit-flavored water.  You can use melons, citrus fruit, strawberries, mangos and more.
  6. Puree fresh, frozen or canned fruit, then pour into ice cube trays and freeze.  Add a popsicle stick about halfway through the freezing process to make a healthy, sweet frozen treat.
  7. Chop any fruit you like or a variety and saute in a little butter until soft.  Serve over angel food cake or frozen yogurt.
  8. Add fruit to pancake batter for added vitamins and flavor.
  9. Make your own fruit syrup.  Put your favorite fruit in a pot, add water or fruit juice to just cover the fruit and cook until the fruit falls apart.  Mix a little cornstarch with cold water and slowly add to the cooked fruit.  Cook for about a minute or until the fruit is thick and clear.
  10. Make a fresh mango salsa to serve with chips or to top grilled chicken or fish.
    • Chopped fresh mango
    • Finely diced red bell pepper
    • Finely chopped fresh cilantro
    • A splash of lime juice
    • A little fresh minced garlic
    • Finely chopped scallions (white and green parts)
    • Finely chopped jalapeno if you like the heat 

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