Our Best Heart-Healthy Fruit Recipes

Blackened Chicken with Avocado Salsa
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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%.

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.

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.

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.

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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