At this time of the year, a trip to the farmers market or grocery store
isn't complete without buying a basket of berries.
Whatever your favorite is--strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries
or all of the above--you're assured of getting a bounty of vitamins,
antioxidants, fiber and other good-for-you nutrients. Plus, berries taste
delicious, which is why they make a perfect light and healthy dessert.
In honor of National Berry Month in July, here are some dessert recipes
that will refresh you on a hot summer day.
1. Strawberry Sorbet
What's summer without a frozen berry treat? This dairy-free recipe
uses coconut milk, plus bananas for extra creaminess and a little maple
syrup for sweetness. Making your own frozen desserts helps you avoid the
additives and artificial colors that can sometimes be found in commercially
manufactured products. Source:
2. Very Berry Cobbler
A slice of warm cobbler with a dollop of whipped cream is a divine way
to enjoy berries. But the crust isn't always the healthiest, with
recipes often calling for white flour, sugar and butter. This one includes
swaps such as almond flour and the optional use of sweeteners such as
honey. Another reason to make a cobbler--it tastes great with just about
every kind of berry. Source:
3. Berry Lemonade Bars
Strawberries and raspberries put a twist on the standard lemon bar in this
dessert. Unlike many recipes that call for just topping lemon bars with
berries, the pureed berries are the stars of the filling. Source:
4. Blueberry-Blackberry Shortcakes
The traditional summer dessert lightens up with made-from-scratch low-fat
biscuits and low-calorie whipped topping. Fresh blueberries and blackberries
offer a different flavor profile than the classic strawberries. Source:
5. Frozen Yogurt Covered Berries
Everyone's heard of chocolate-covered strawberries, and they're
great (especially if you use dark chocolate). But for summer, make a cooler
treat by dipping the berries in regular or Greek yogurt and freezing them.
You can also try it with blueberries or raspberries. Source:
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.