Here's the really nice part about making a desert that is not only healthy but affordable. If you plan or check the prices in the grocery store, you can find good healthy foods that are affordable and within your budget.
The best, ideal thing to do would be to buy fresh pineapple and core it and cut if yourself, but if you are short on time, or don't have access to fresh fruits, then buy a can of store brand or any brand for this recipe. I spent $1 on each can.
Then I found mandarin oranges for .95 on sale.
The bag of coconut I already had but if you need to buy it depending on where you are in the US or out of the states, an 8 oz. bag may run you less than $2. What's nice is you don't need the whole bag for this recipe unless you are an extreme coconut lover. A few handfuls like you saw in the video is probably all you will need.
Then I paid $1 for a bag of no name brand marshmallows. Since they are being mixed in a dish, I don't believe a store brand would hurt. You'd be surprised how some store brands are pretty close to the name brands.
The most expensive thing to buy was the grapes and the yogurt. I usually look for a sale for the yogurt. But since I didn't see anything, I just went ahead and paid $3.29 for a 16oz cup of Stonefield, which is a brand I like. The store brand was about a dollar cheaper but store brand yogurt scares me because I've had some really nasty stuff before and I like what I like. It's up to you, if you like store brand yogurt, or if you like lite yogurt you will be saving even more calories and getting a more healthier desert than ever!
The grapes depend on the market. I paid about $1.49 a lb. for red seedless. There was a sale on when I stopped at the grocery so I grabbed 2 lbs. right away.
Here's the Total:
- 2 Cans pineapple $2
- 1 can mandarin oranges .95
- 1 lb bag of marshmallows $1
- Coconut $2
- Grapes $2.49
- Yogurt $3.29
Total spent (I've included the cost of coconut that I paid at one time or other) is less than $12 for a dish of healthy fruit salad that will make 12 plus servings. (I am confident you will get more than 12 servings, but I've got big boys that like big bowls)
I have a big family, even though hubby and I have 3 grown kids, they are always here and lookin' in my fridge! Plus, those cute little grand daughters of mine, they love deserts so $12 dollars is so cheap and affordable for a healthy fruit dish that will serve a lot of people.