kid-friendly honey and lime fruit dip

by Diane Lofshult on Sep 01, 2009

Food for Thought

Want to get your brood to up their fruit intake? As my mother always said, you can get more bees with honey than you can with vinegar. Plus, studies show that honey increases our stores of compounds that protect against cancer and heart disease. And because kids are drawn to honey like bees, this sweet but healthy topping may make them forget that what’s underneath is good for them, too!

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese at room temperature

1/2 cup plain, low-fat yogurt

2 tablespoons (tbs) honey

2 tbs low-fat (1%) milk

1 teaspoon (tsp) lime juice

1 tsp vanilla

1/8 tsp ground mace or nutmeg

1/4 tsp grated lime rind

In small bowl, use electric mixer set on high to beat cream cheese, yogurt, honey, milk, lime juice, vanilla and mace/nutmeg until creamy. Stir in grated rind. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (the mix will keep for 2 days in the fridge). Serve with an assortment of brightly colored fresh fruit. Makes 11/2 cups.

Per Serving: 38 calories; 3 grams (g) fat; 3 g carbs.

Source: Excerpted from Like Grandma Used to Make (The Reader’s Digest Association Inc. 1996).

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Diane Lofshult

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Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach, California. Reach her at