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Jan. 7, 2013

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plate_Small_question_mark.png Did you know that in ancient Greek mythology, ambrosia is sometimes the food or drink of the Greek gods (or demigods)? It is often depicted as offering immortality to whoever consumed it. With the combination of fruits in this recipe, it fits that description perfectly!

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This colorful fruit salad may be made up to a day in advance if you add the banana just before serving. Fruit-sweetened desserts not only satisfy a sweet tooth, but they’re full of healthy antioxidant-rich foods. In this case, you’re better off opting FOR dessert!

Makes about 4 cups (4 servings)


2 oranges, peeled and chopped
2 cups pineapple chunks
1 banana, sliced
1/4 cup shredded coconut
2 - 4 tablespoons dried cranberries
1 tablespoon orange juice concentrate
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon water


Place oranges, pineapple, banana, coconut, and cranberries in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, mix orange juice concentrate, almond extract, and water. Pour over fruit and toss to mix.

Stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, leftover Ambrosia without the bananas will keep for up to 2 days.

Per serving: 188 calories; 2.4 g fat; 1.9 g saturated fat; 11.5% calories from fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 1.8 g protein; 43.3 g carbohydrates; 35.3 g sugar; 3.9 g fiber; 17 mg sodium; 49 mg calcium; 0.7 mg iron; 61.5 mg vitamin C; 88 mcg beta-carotene; 0.3 mg vitamin E

Source: The Survivor’s Handbook: Eating Right for Cancer Survival by Neal D. Barnard, M.D., and Jennifer Reilly, R.D.

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