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How healthy are Jell-O fruit salads?

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The health content of a Jell-O fruit salad depends on its ingredients. For instance, a strawberry pretzel salad with Jell-O contains more than 1 cup of sugar, 3/4 cup of butter and 16 ounces of cream cheese, and a recipe high in fat and sugar is not necessarily healthy. On the other hand, a Greek yogurt Jell-O salad that calls for sugar-free gelatin is low in sugar and high in protein.

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To make a healthy Greek yogurt Jell-O and fruit dessert, prepare 1 package of sugar-free Jell-O according to the package instructions, and pour it along with 2 cups of fresh fruit in 6 individual serving dishes. Allow the Jell-O to set in the refrigerator for six hours. Meanwhile, whisk together 12 tablespoons of nonfat, low-fat or whole-fat Greek yogurt with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 4 tablespoons of honey. Spread the yogurt mixture over the Jell-O, and top it with 1/3 cup of chopped pecans.

To make mimosa fruit salad, another healthy option, combine 3 cups of boiling water with 2 packages of sugar-free orange Jell-O mix. Stir it until the Jell-O dissolves, and mix in 4 cups of cold club soda. Chill the Jell-O for 90 minutes before adding 1 can of drained mandarin oranges and 2 cups of sliced strawberries and then spooning the mixture into a loaf pan. Chill the salad for another four hours before serving.

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