The name sounds deceiving and “unhealthy” but this recipe has all the makings of a well balanced breakfast/snack – fruit, whole grain, and dairy/protein. It is super easy to put together and a fun way to incorporate healthy foods into your day. Try this one out soon for you and your family…
- Fruit Salsa – Blueberries, Strawberries, Kiwis, Mandarin Oranges, Raspberry Preserves
- Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips – Whole Wheat Tortillas, Butter Spray, Cinnamon, Sugar
- Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
1) Make fruit salsa – cut up fruit into small pieces and mix together. Add preserves to taste – I added about 2 Tablespoons for the entire amount of fruit pictured above.
2) Make cinnamon sugar tortilla chips – Cut tortilla into 8 triangles. Spray with butter spray and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes until light brown and crisp. Keep your eyes on these because these will get dark quickly, as you can tell by my picture.
3) Assemble nachos – Once chips are cooled, top with fruit salsa and a large dollop (or two) of Greek yogurt and drizzle with honey.
A breakfast/snack fit for a King or Queen! You can definitely modify the fruit in the recipe with what you have on hand and feel free to use any type of preserve or even honey if you don’t have raspberry preserves.
Three reasons fruit nachos are nutritious:
1) Eating the rainbow – people are always saying to “eat the rainbow” because you get a variety of vitamins and antioxidants from all the different vegetables/fruits in the color spectrum, which are beneficial to your health. You cover orange, red, blue, and green with this recipe. Along with many other benefits, strawberries and blueberries are both nutritional powerhouses with their antioxidant profiles while kiwis and oranges are 2 of the best sources of vitamin C.
2) Cinnamon – Cinnamon has many health benefits, so definitely start sprinkling it on your oatmeal, in your coffee, yogurt, etc. Some benefits of cinnamon are that it is an “anti-inflammatory” food, helps control blood sugar, and it’s scent helps boost brain function.
3) Greek Yogurt – Greek yogurt has double the protein of regular yogurt so the large dollop of Greek yogurt on top of your nachos will give you some protein, which will help keep you full longer. Though it has more protein than regular yogurt, it has less calcium but still provides 20% of the daily recommendation in a 6 oz serving. It also very thick and creamy and can be used in place of sour cream, to top chili and soup. I always buy the plain kind so I can use it in both sweet and savory recipes. Also, it allows me to control the amount of sweetness (sugar/honey) I need. Try making a parfait with just the yogurt and fruit salsa!