Apple Banana Salad with Peanuts

This recipe comes from ChooseMyPlate.gov.  MyPlate is the current nutrition guide published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture which was introduced by Michelle Obama on June 2, 2011.  It depicts a place setting with a plate and glass divided into five food groups and replaces the MyPyramid guide.

The USDA’s first dietary guidelines were published in 1894 by Dr. Wilbur Olin Atwater as a farmers’ bulletin followed by guides such as the Basic 7 (1943-1956), the Basic Four (1956-1992), the Food Guide Pyramid (1992-2005) and MyPyramid (2004-2011).

The website is geared towards children, from preschool to college, and nutrition education for dieters (me), educators and health care professionals in the United States.  I have been getting emails from them and this recipe was in one of them.

Apple Banana Salad with Peanuts

  • 12 oz. lettuce mix
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 2-1/2 apples, sliced
  • 3/4 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt (I used vanilla)
  • 2 tbsp. low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. paprika

Whisk together the last 4 ingredients.  Prepare the fruit and toss together with the mixed greens, peanuts and dressing.  Very tasty with the crunch of the peanuts and apples and the sweetness of the bananas and yogurt-paprika dressing.

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