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5 Fruit-Based Alternatives For A Healthy Diet

Striving for that perfect diet plan? Finding great tasting and healthy alternatives to our favourite snacks can be the stumbling point for any diet plan. Swapping out high sugar and high fat products in favour of fruit-based alternatives is a great way of ensuring your diet is a success!

We have collected up 5 great fruit-based alternatives for your everyday use to help flesh out any plan.

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#1 Fruit Smoothies

Sometimes you want a sugary drink, but sugary drinks are a waste of calories and have zero health benefits. Instead, whip up a fruit smoothie! Pour in some of your favorite fresh fruit. You can use coconut milk or regular milk to make it really creamy. Don’t forget the ice to give it some texture.

Contributor: Caleb Backe from

#2 Dried Fruit

Sometimes, you just need something sweet to munch on. Instead of grabbing those airheads or sour patch kids, reach for a piece of dried fruit. It’s sweet and sticky and everything you’re craving.

Take it slow though. Dried fruit still has a ton of sugar and could be quite fattening if you eat too much.

Contributor: Caleb Backe from

#3 Frozen Fruits

The best way for me to swap fruit for a dessert is to go frozen. Take some frozen berries (blueberries work great) and top them with unsweetened almond milk and some stevia. The frozen blueberries partially freeze the milk, making for a uniquely smooth texture akin to soft serve with 1/5 of the calories!

Contributor: Jim Mumford from Jim Cooks Food Good

#4 Hakuna Banana

Hakuna Banana is a nicecream start-up that launched in LA and fits in virtually every diet. A few cool things about HB include:

  • It's only 250 calories (or less!) a pint.
  • It's plant-based and fits into diets like paleo, gluten-free, vegan, lactose free.
  • It's got great flavors from Blueberry to Cashew Cookie Dough.
  • In addition to ice cream pints, they also sell ice cream bars!

Contributor: Cori from

#5 Alternative Dressings

Salads are often the go-to food for men and women looking to eat healthier, but traditional salad dressings aren't made for anyone watching food intake. Just one tablespoon of ranch dressing, for instance, supplies nearly 100 calories -- but there is an excellent fruit alternative to calorie-laden, processed dressings.

Peel and smash a very ripe pear, peach, or similar fruit. Add one to two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and a touch of honey or another natural sweetener. Mix until combined and drizzle over the salad. You'll never buy bottled dressing again.

Contributor: Summer Banks from

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