Whether you’re celebrating at home or having a picnic in the park, here’s some healthy, patriotic recipes that feature an antioxidant powerhouse--berries. Recent studies have found that the antioxidant properties of anthocyanidin, the substance that gives berries their rich colors, can slow age-related cognitive decline. Yes, that makes berries brain food!
The American Parfait
We’ve taken a classic “red-white-and blue” dessert and made it healthier by using yogurt instead of whipped cream.
½ c. blueberries
½ c. raspberries
1 c. strawberries
¼ c. 100% pineapple or orange juice
1 c. organic fat-free vanilla yogurt
½ c. granola
Mix fruits and juice together in a large bowl; marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Layer 1/14 cup of yogurt, ¼ cup of fruit mixture and 2 tablespoons granola in a small cup. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 4 individual parfaits. Serve cold. Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition information per serving: Calories 174; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Sodium: 39 mg; Carbohydrate: 25 g; Fiber: 4 g; Protein: 5 g.
Spinach and Blueberry Salad
As a side dish or a vegetarian entrée (omit cheese), this salad has it all: protein, healthy fats, vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber.
1 pkg. fresh spinach, rinsed
1 pt. fresh blueberries or
½ c. dried blueberries
½ c. feta cheese
¼ c. walnuts, chopped
2 T. balsamic or blueberry vinegar
2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
Combine spinach, blueberries, feta cheese and walnuts together in a salad bowl. Mix vinegar and olive oil together. Pour over salad and toss. Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition information per serving: Calories: 223; Total Fat: 15 g; Saturated Fat: 4 g; Sodium: 237 mg; Carbohydrate: 15 g; Fiber: 4 g; Protein 7 g.
More Recipes Like This
These “berry-licious” recipes are from the cookbook, Wholesome Temptation™, which was developed by chefs and registered dietitians at Cancer Treatment Centers of America®. It focuses on tips and recipes to ensure optimal nutrition during cancer treatment and recovery.
Even though the book was designed for cancer patients, it contains a wide variety of recipes that are appropriate for anyone who wants to eat a healthy, flavorful diet. Recipes are low in refined sugar, processed flour, and saturated fats and rich in healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants to support your immune system.
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