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It’s Stacy: Healthy Eats — Valentine’s Fruit Salad

Valentine’s Day Red Fruit Salad 

My Great Grandmother, Arizona Henry’s, favorite color was red. She had a red room decorated with a red couch, a red chair, red curtains, and red doilies on every table. Grandma liked red so much that she would make me wear it to school. I was made to wear a red toboggan, red gloves, a red coat, and a red scarf, which caused me to get the nickname “Red Neck” when I was in grade school. I was in my late twenties before I would even entertain the idea of wearing anything red.

Valentine’s Day was a favorite holiday at Grandma’s house. She saved every Valentine’s box that was ever given to her over her 100 years. Grandma could share with us a story about who gave her the pretty heart boxes and which chocolates she liked the best. Her closet was full of empty, beautiful, Valentine’s boxes.

Mixed fruits are a delicious addition to any healthy diet. Fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. Strawberries are high in fiber, low in calories, healthy snacks that may decrease your risk of heart disease and improve your brain health. Be creative with your fruit salad this Valentine’s Day. Skip the expensive jewelry, flowers, and chocolates this year and make your honey a beautiful, healthy fruit salad.


Valentine’s Day Red Fruit Salad

2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced

2 cups fresh watermelon, cubed

1 cup red raspberries

Cool Whip


  1. Prepare fruit.
  2. Gently toss fresh fruit together.
  3. Serve fruit with a scoop of Cool Whip on top.


Stacy Schultz is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, a former Morgan County Commissioner and is the author of “It’s Stacy’s Grandma ‘Zona’s recipes” and “Great Grandma Zona’s Wisdom & recipes: Comfort food made easy.” She has been in healthcare for 35 years at War Memorial Hospital.