Healthy Snack: Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Pita Chips
I have a new weapon in my never ending quest to find healthy snacks that excite my kids — fruit salsa with cinnamon pita chips. This recipe is crazy simple — it’s basically just a finely chopped fruit salad — but it’s fast to pull together and everyone in my house loves it. I love it so much that I have to leave the room while my boys are eating it or I will push their little hands out of the way so I can have it all for myself. Bwah ha ha ha!
A bonus of this recipe is that you can make it with frozen fruit and it will still taste terrific. This far into winter we are all getting a little tired of apples, bananas and oranges so it’s nice to shake things up with the bags of stone fruits and berries that are stashed in the freezer. If you use frozen fruit for this, be sure to thaw and drain it completely before putting the salsa together. Of course, it would be equally delicious with fresh fruit once that’s in season.
Ingredients you’ll need for the Fruit Salsa with Pita Chips
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (thaw and drain first)
- 1 cup fresh or frozen cherries (thaw and drain first), cut into a 1/4 inch dice
- 1 heaping cup apple, cut into a 1/4 inch dice
- lime zest (optional)
- cinnamon-sugar pita chips
Directions to make our healthy Fruit Salsa
Begin by chopping the fruit into a fairly small dice. You’ll want a bit of each kind of fruit on the chip when you scoop it up and if it’s too large the big pieces will fall off. Don’t bother cutting the blueberries because it takes forever and makes a huge mess.
Place the fruit in a bowl and stir to combine.
If you have a lime hanging out in your fruit bowl and you want to be fancy, zest it and mix that in too. The salsa will still be good without it, but the tangy zing adds a bright note to the mixture and helps offset the sweetness of the fruit and the chips.
Set the bowl out along with some cinnamon-sugar pita chips and watch your kids demolish it.
If you don’t have this exact combination of fruit on hand, you can easily modify this recipe to use what you do have in the house. Pear can be exchanged for apples, swap peaches for the cherries, etc. Or you could go tropical and mix mango, pineapple and kiwi.