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Ambrosia is sweet magic stuff that was eaten by the gods!
No, it is!
Historically, ambrosia was the sweet stuff that Greek gods ate to stay powerful and immortal. Without it, they became weak and human-like. When most of us think about ambrosia, we think about Ambrosia Salad. But, here’s something you probably didn’t know. There are 265 calories in your average serving of Ambrosia Salad.
Healthy Ambrosia Fruit Salad Recipe
Ambrosia salad is a dessert that has been dated back to about the 19th century (the 1800s). Depending on the part of the country you live in, it may include sour cream, yogurt, whipped topping, cream cheese, pudding or cottage cheese. It almost always includes oranges, coconut, pineapple, and marshmallows. Sometimes it includes pecans, grapes, apples and maraschino cherries.
When I was growing up, it included pistachio pudding mix, Cool Whip, canned fruit, and coconut. My Mom still makes it every family holiday from Easter to Christmas. It’s the “green stuff” that everyone asks for at family get-togethers. While it’s delicious, I’ve been searching for a healthier alternative without the sugar and the processed foods. This healthy ambrosia fruit salad recipe is my alternative.
- 2 apples
- 1 orange
- One 8-ounce can of crushed pineapple in juice (or fresh pineapple crushed)
- 1/2 cup of shredded coconut, unsweetened
- 1/4 cup of sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (omit if Paleo & sub 1/8 cup orange juice)
- Chop the apples. Don't peel them. Apple skin is high in fiber.
- Peel and separate the orange.
- Drain the crushed pineapple or peel, chop and crush the fresh pineapple.
- Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
If you’re not paleo or primal and would still like a healthy ambrosia fruit salad recipe, you can use vanilla or maple Greek yogurt in place of the plain Greek yogurt. While I think the fruit gives the perfect touch of sweetness, those used to sweeter dishes might like an alternative.
Now, for the good news. My version with Greek yogurt has 123 calories. If you use orange juice, it has only 117.
For more apple recipes, visit a few of my favorite bloggers:
- Healthy Ambrosia Fruit Salad Recipe by Confessions of an Overworked Mom
- All Entertaining Apples, Apples & More Apples by Champagne Living
- Mamaws Homemade Apple Turnovers by Controlled Confusion
- Grandma’s Apple Crumb Recipe by Tools 2 Tiaras
- Best Caramel Apple Recipes by Life with Lisa
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Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.