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Banana Date Nut Salad

High Fiber Recipe

Banana Date Nut Salad fills puff pastry shells with bananas, dates and walnuts. Topped with a hint of lemon.

Pastry Shell for the Banana Date Nut Salad

Recipe Ingredients

4 frozen puff pastry shells
2 bananas, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch slices
8 dates, pitted and chopped
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Recipe Directions

A Slice of a Banana

Bake puff pastry shells according to package directions.

Combine bananas, dates and walnuts in a mixing bowl.

Sprinkle with lemon juice and toss. Just before serving, spoon fruit mixture into baked puff pastry shells.

Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories: 574; Fat: 23.2g; 34 percent calories from fat; Cholesterol: 0mg; Protein: 7.2g; Carbohydrates: 92.6g; Fiber: 13.1g; Sugars: 56g; Sodium: 119mg

Dietary Exchanges: Fruit: 4.5, Fat: 4.2, Sugar: 1.4, Very lean meat protein: 0.2

Alternative: Baked Banana Puffs

4 bananas, peeled
1 sheet puff pastry, cut into strips to wrap the bananas
2 tablespoons of granulated sugar plus 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, mixed
3 tablespoons milk, for brushing
Light Cool Whip to serve

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wrap a strip of puff pastry firmly around the banana until it is fully covered. Repeat with the rest of bananas. Brush the pastry-wrapped bananas with milk, and then roll it in the cinnamon sugar mix. Place the pastry-wrapped bananas on a tray (laid with tracing paper). Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm with Cool Whip or syrup. Servings: 4 banana puffs.

Walnut Trio

Did You Know?

Walnuts can alleviate symptoms of fatigue

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that alphalinolenic acid found in walnuts can boost energy.

The study goes on to say walnuts may also relieve depression symptoms.

High Fiber TipHigh Fiber Tip

Eat raw fruits and vegetables; they have more fiber than cooked or canned foods, or juice. Dried fruits (especially dried figs) are also good sources of fiber.

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