Our Best Heart-Healthy Fruit Recipes

Trying to eat more fruit? These delicious and creative recipes will help you get your recommended 3-5 servings a day. Plus, these recipes feature Cleveland Clinic?s picks for top fruits for cardio health.

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Cranberry Citrus Compote
Cranberry Citrus Compote

    America's top heart hospital, the Cleveland Clinic, has compiled a list of top fruits that it says are so cardio-protective they should be eaten often. Its experts picked foods that provide the most heart benefit for the calories they contain. Each food is loaded with nutrients that can lower cholesterol and blood pressure and help you lose weight.

    Power Fruits: Oranges, Grapefruit

    Tangy citrus fruits, like oranges and grapefruit, aid this heart-healthy compote. The antioxidants in citrus may play a role in preventing cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Heart-Smart Breakfast Parfait

    Power Fruits: Oranges, Blueberries, Peaches

    It's up to you which fresh fruits you pick to top this granola-based breakfast, but oranges, blueberries, and peaches are all on Cleveland Clinic's list of top fruits and they also make our recommendations for this recipe.

    Tip: When buying peaches, look for those with a strong, sweet smell that give slightly when touched. They're available in-season May to September.

Apricot Iced Tea

    Power Fruit: Apricot

    Refresh yourself with an apricot-enhanced tea on a warm afternoon. This recipe has an option of adding sliced apricots to the drink to get even more of the fiber-rich fruit in your meal.

Baked Squash with Apples and Cranberries

    Power Fruit: Apples

    Good-for-you apples (and even apple juice) make an appearance in this side dish. To keep apples juicier longer, store them in a refrigerator fruit crisper. They'll keep up to 5-7 days.

Banana Oat Breakfast Cookie

    Power Fruit: Banana

    This is our most popular recipe and it just happens to have heart-smart bananas. Bananas have potassium and magnesium, which can lower blood pressure.

Cinnamon Orange Slices

    Power Fruit: Oranges

    Jazz up plain oranges with a sprinkling of ground cinnamon or ginger in this simple recipe. When buying oranges, look for fruit with shiny skin free of blemishes. Oranges with small navels are best; a large navel means it's overripe.

Sorbet Melon Balls

    Power Fruit: Cantaloupe

    Enjoy the heart-health benefits of cantaloupe in this tasty dessert. Fresh cantaloupe can last five days when placed in the fruit crisper.

Summer Fruit Shake

    Power Fruits: Peaches, Apricots, Blueberries

    Mix up any or all three of the above power fruits for a tasty and satisfying shake. Your start-to-finish time is just five minutes.

    Tip: This recipe calls for peeled peaches; to peel them with ease, drop them into boiling water for 30 seconds or until the skin has softened.

Banana Crunch Pops

    Power Fruit: Bananas

    Remember the frozen bananas of your childhood? These cinnamon-spiced bananas with a crisp coating taste even better. Buy the banana when it's still firm, with the stem intact. The size of the banana doesn't affect quality.

Blueberry Corn Relish

    Power Fruit: Blueberries

    The blueberries in this side dish are rich in soluble fiber. According to the Cleveland Clinic, for every 1-2 grams of soluble fiber that you consume each day, you may lower your LDL cholesterol by 1%.

Saucy Apple Pork Roast

    Power Fruit: Apples

    Three apples help dress up this pork dinner. When shopping for the best apples, look for ones with shiny skin that are firm and free of bruises.

Frozen Chocolate-Banana Bites

    Power Fruit: Bananas

    Top frozen bananas with dark chocolate drizzles to complete this simple pick-me-up. Bananas are high in fiber, a nutrient that can help make you feel full for longer.

Sesame Orange Beef

    Power Fruit: Oranges

    Two oranges help enhance this main dish, plus you'll create a sauce for the beef with orange juice. Oranges have vitamins A, B6, and C, plus folate, potassium, and fiber.

Caramelized Apple Tostadas

    Power Fruit: Apples

    This quick-fix dessert features sugar-topped apples and apple juice. Fuji or Gala apples will work best and actually store longer than Red Delicious varieties.

Puffed Oven-Baked Pancakes

    Power Fruits: Kiwi, Peaches

    These low-calorie treats can be stuffed with kiwi, peaches, or other fruits. Both kiwi and peaches have vitamins C and E, as well as fiber, and potassium.

Easy Blueberry Tarts

    Power Fruits: Blueberries, Raspberries

    Berries-like blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, and raspberries-make Cleveland Clinic's top fruit picks. You'll love how fresh they taste in this dessert dish.

    Tip: When selecting berries, chose ones that are bright in color and move freely in their containers. A silver sheen on blueberries indicates freshness.

Tropical Fruit Pops

    Power Fruits: Kiwi, Papaya

    Satisfy your sweet tooth with these delicious desserts that can be made with two of the Cleveland Clinic's favorites: kiwi and papaya. Both fruits have vitamin E, an antioxidant that may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Cranberry-Raspberry Spinach Salad

    Power Fruit: Raspberries

    Not only are the raspberries in this salad a high-fiber choice for lowering your cholesterol, this recipe also includes spinach, which makes Cleveland Clinic's list in the vegetable category.

Baked Grapefruit Halves

    Power Fruits: Grapefruit, Bananas, Oranges

    Have trouble handling the tartness of grapefruits? This baked dish features a touch of sugar to sweeten them up. Plus, grapefruit will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Spinach-Apricot Salad

    Power Fruit: Apricot

    Dried apricots, which have the same benefits as fresh apricots, decorate spinach leaves in this sweet salad.

    Tip: Try dried apricots in stews to give your dish a Middle Eastern flavor.

Apple Cranberry Crisp

    Power Fruit: Apples

    Apples, which have flavonoids to promote heart health by lowering cholesterol, are abundant in this tangy recipe. You'll need just nine ingredients to whip it up tonight.

Honey-Apricot Frozen Yogurt

    Power Fruit: Apricots

    Three cups of apricots combine with just two other ingredients in this yummy dessert. Apricots have vitamins A, C, E, and K; fiber; and carotenoids for heart health.

Carrot, Fruit, and Spinach Salad

    Power Fruit: Peaches

    Fresh peach slices top off this sweet salad. To store a peach, keep it on the counter until ripe. Once ripe, rinse and gently rub off the fuzz. You can store it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for three to five days.

Blueberry Smoothies

    Power Fruit: Blueberries

    A bit of fruit juice and yogurt combine with heart-smart blueberries in these satisfying smoothies. When you're shopping for blueberries, color, not size, indicates ripeness. Look for berries that are plump, firm, and a deep purple-blue color.

Winter Wheat Berry Salad

    Power Fruits: Apples, Apricots

    This fresh salad recipe calls for one sliced apple and 1/4 cup of snipped dried apricots. As a bonus you'll also add a shredded carrot, which makes Cleveland Clinic's list of top vegetables.

Berry Cheesecake Dessert

    Power Fruits: Raspberries, Blueberries

    Ripe berries add zing to this light dessert recipe. Berries can keep in the refrigerator for about 2-3 days.

    Tip: Frozen berries are just as nutritious as fresh. Simply thaw them before adding them to these parfaits.

Chicken-and-Melon-Stuffed Shells

    Power Fruit: Cantaloupe

    You'll need half of a medium cantaloupe to accompany this main dish. Cantaloupe provides heart-healthy flavonoids, which help keep cholesterol from gathering in blood vessels.

Blackened Chicken with Avocado Salsa

    Power Fruit: Papaya

    You'll use papaya, red peppers, and an avocado to create a tangy topping in this chicken dish. Papayas ripen in just a day or two, but you can put them in the refrigerator to slow the ripening process.

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