We had so much fun tonight at Festival Foods in DePere! Leah Anderson, a Registered Dietician at Festival, helped us shop for healthy ingredients for our Fruit Salad by explaining NuVal scores. All of our fruits were very high...91 or above. We chose to use some whole fruits--apple, banana, orange, lime; and one can of fruit, in the interest of saving time. We chose the canned fruit cocktail with the highest score. We also went down the Fruit Snack aisle to look at the score for those. Hmmm, can you believe "fruit" snacks only have a score of 1?? Veda did find one with a score of 4, though.
We then picked Chobani Greek plain yogurt for our sauce, and for our sweetener, we used pure maple syrup which I brought from home, from a local producer in Holcombe, Wisconsin where my in-laws live. We use it for everything at our house; pancakes, waffles, ice cream, fruit.... We also used raw honey, another great sweetener.
Everyone enjoyed dicing the apple with the chopper that acts like a lawn mower! Juicing the lime was fun, and we all got sprayed by the orange. We talked about how many quarters are in a dollar, similar to how many 1/4 cups are in one cup. We sliced bananas and whisked our sauce.
This fruit salad was a hit! I have a recipe I have always used, but wanted something a little bit healthier, and Leah recommended this one. I changed it up a bit from the original. I will try to post it tomorrow.
We ended the night by eating and reading a great book, Oliver's Fruit Salad. We talked of shopping trolleys and tinned pears... (the only book I could find for purchase was published in the UK. I used to borrow the library copy; they only had one, and someone lost it.) It's so frustrating when a book is out of print! But it makes for a funny read.