Look to your fruit basket for dessert: Nectarines and Berries in Prosecco

June 16, 2017

Fruit in Prosecco Healthy grownup dessert

By Kay MacInnis, Registered Dietitian

Looking for a healthy dessert? Look into the fruit basket for the answer. Tack fruit onto the end of the meal in place of high-Calorie, high-sugar, high-fat, traditional dessert options.

Fruit is nutrient-rich – a great source of vitamin C, some carotenoids, folate, potassium and fiber. Some fruits can even supply Vitamin K, calcium, and magnesium.

Most fruit is pretty low in calories, unless it is dried. It fits well into the DASH or Mediterranean diet plan. Fruit is a wonderful way to close a meal.

Nectarines and Berries in Prosecco

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups blackberries or raspberries
  • 2 cups hulled strawberries
  • 1 lb. nectarines, pitted and cut into ¼-inch wedges
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. orange liqueur
  • 1 tbsp. fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup chilled Prosecco

Preparation:

  • Gently toss fruit, Prosecco, sugar, orange liqueur, mint and lemon zest together in a large bowl.
  • Let sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Serve.

Nutrition information: 110 Calories, 0 grams fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 20 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram of protein, 0 mg. sodium.

(Recipe from The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook)

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This is another in a weekly series of healthy recipes from Kay MacInnis, registered dietitian at Providence Health in Columbia, S.C.

Kay promotes health and wellness, helping cardiac and diabetes patients eat their way to healthier lives. She works in consultation with the trained chefs at Providence, combining her nutrition knowledge with their food prep know-how to create delicious, healthy dishes for patients and the public. She also conducts a number of health and wellness events for the public, including the monthly Providence Cooks! classes.