Three Cheers For the Healthiest Berry Desserts

by in In Season, July 5, 2014

raspberry sherbet

Independence Day may be over, but the summer berry season is just hitting its stride. If your kitchen is bursting with all kinds of juicy gems, here’s a collection of red and blue berry desserts fit for any summer celebration.

Raspberries
Super-high in fiber (one cup provides more than 30 percent of the daily recommended value), these delicate berries can be found in various shades — including red white, black and purple – at farmers markets. Make homemade sherbet better than anything out of the freezer aisle or layer raspberries with other summer fruits in a cool and colorful terrine.

Raspberry-Buttermilk Sherbet (above, from Food Network Magazine)

Raspberry-Watermelon Terrine with Blueberry Sauce
summer fruit terrine

Strawberries
Gushing with vitamin C and powerful antioxidants, sweet-tart strawberries beg to be piled high in shortcakes with Greek yogurt (subbing for the usual whipped cream) or put up in pretty glass jars.

Greek Yogurt Strawberry Shortcakes 
strawberry shortcakes

Strawberry Jam
strawberry jam

Blueberries
Plump and sweet with an unmistakable color, blueberries boast fiber plus vitamins C and K. Bubble them into a compote than can be spooned over pancakes and ice cream or rest them atop a cool, creamy cheesecake.

Blueberry Compote
blueberry compote

Greek Yogurt Cheesecake
Greek yogurt cheesecake

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

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