Fluffy Orange Fruit Dip

Thursday, April 28, 2011

It seems that my husband and I are always on a quest to help our family eat healthier.  Over the years we've made a lot of improvements, including switching over to brown rice, substituting at least part whole wheat flour in almost every recipe, eating more fruits and veggies, and fewer processed and snack foods.   For the most part, these changes have been relatively painless and are now just how we eat.  I couldn't help but feel a twinge of pride recently, when one of my kids was served white rice at a restaurant and they actually asked us what was wrong with the rice that it didn't have any color.  :)   Despite our progress, though,  the one bad habit that we're having a hard time shaking is our sweet teeth.  We've cut down eating desserts to only once a week, which has made a big difference, but still we find that  sometimes  my kids (and even us adults) miss out on the fun desserts we used to have on a regular basis.  That's where recipes like this one I found in my  Our Best Bites cookbook   come into play.  It is sweet enough, without being overwhelmingly sweet,  to satisfy everyone's sweet tooth,  AND it gets us all to fill up on healthy fresh fruit, like  apples, pineapple, and strawberries.  We figure it's perfect for an occasional day when we're either looking for a healthier alternative to an after-dinner sugar fix or when we have a lot of fresh fruit we need to eat quickly.  

The mild orange flavor and the creamy texture complements the crisp fresh fruit just perfectly.  Don't you just want to reach in and grab some for yourself?  :)

Click here for printable recipe.

The ingredients:

1 package (8-ounces) cream cheese (low fat or fat-free is fine)
2 tsp. orange zest
3 Tbs. fresh orange juice (from the orange you just zested)
1/4 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
1 jar (7-ounces) marshmallow cream

Directions:  Beat cream cheese, orange zest, orange juice, vanilla, and salt until smooth and creamy. 

Add marshmallow cream and beat until combined.  Makes about 2 cups.  Serve with any chopped fresh fruit--we like it with apples, pineapple, and strawberries.



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Katie April 28, 2011 at 3:52 PM  

This was one of my favorite recipes growing up. I'm so relieved to hear you describe it as a "healthier alternative," as I have been known to forgo the fruit, scoop it into a bowl and eat it by the spoonful.

karen April 28, 2011 at 6:00 PM  

curious why you switched to brown rice. I started to and then compared the nutritional info and it wasn't that different.

teresa April 28, 2011 at 8:52 PM  

oooooh, i love this! so fresh bright!

Lara April 29, 2011 at 11:03 AM  

Karen, Here are a couple of interesting articles that spotlight the benefits of brown rice vs. white rice, but mainly the difference is is that brown rice is a whole grain while white rice is a stripped down version of brown rice. The white rice having similar nutritional content on the packaging is a result of it being artificially added back in, whereas in brown rice it is naturally occurring. In addition, there are several other vitamins and nutritional benefits that aren't listed on packaging but make brown rice a healthier food choice. It took us a while to get used to the longer cooking time and the stronger taste, but after a few years we really prefer the taste and texture of brown rice.



RSA Now April 29, 2011 at 3:15 PM  

Oh my I think that might just be the perfect springtime snack

Anonymous,  March 23, 2012 at 2:32 AM  

nice opinion.. thanks for sharing....

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My name is Lara and while I'm definitely not a gourmet cook, I do love preparing tasty, healthy meals for my family. Finding new recipes to try and sharing the ones we've already fallen in love with is a passion I've had since college and the reason why I've started this blog! With five kids, I'm usually in a hurry, so you'll find most of these recipes kid friendly and simple to make.

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