low-calorie Ambrosia Recipe

The best low-calorie Ambrosia Recipe

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Ambrosia is the yummiest, lightest, fluffiest of fruit salads.  This age-old southern staple has many variations.  I tend to like the simpler versions of this fluffy, delicious treat. Fewer ingredients the better for me.

Since I saw the movie “The Help”, I can’t enjoy it without thinking about Sissy Spacek (one of my favorite actresses) portraying Mrs. Walters beckoning Minnie for Ambrosia.  Remember that?

Anyhoo, when I started my Weight Watchers journey, I thought I would have to say a temporary “Buh-bye” to this old-time favorite. Thankfully, not so!

I have created a low calorie version that satisfies my marshmellowy, fruit salad craving just fine and without any guilt!

My Recipe for THE BEST
Low-calorie Ambrosia Salad

1 reg. (8 oz.) can lite fruit cocktail
1  reg. (8 oz.) can pineapple tidbits
1 reg. (8 oz.) cans mandarin oranges (fresh would be great too and cut the carbs a bit)
2 tablespoons sugar free/fat free vanilla pudding
1.5  lg. bag miniature marshmallows
1 sm. jar maraschino cherries
2 tbl shredded coconut (optional)
8 oz fat-free Cool Whip

Drain all fruit well.  Use a paper towel to remove surface moisture. Get the fruit as dry as possible.

Pour fruit into large bowl for mixing. Fold in cool whip until all ingredients are combined.

Refrigerate for one hour.  Serve.

Note:  I like to crumble one low-fat graham cracker square on top for texture to my  low-calorie ambrosia recipe.  When I can afford the calories, I’ll add walnuts or pecans for added crunch.  Yum!

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