Berry Yogurt Bark
We all know that fruit is good for you but did you know that berries are good for your brain? Research has shown that increased intake of certain berries is associated with slower rates of memory decline. One study found that berry intake appeared to delay cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years. In addition to brain health, berries are currently also being studied for cancer prevention and improving cardiovascular health.
Not only are berries good for your health….they are also delicious and make a great dessert.
Last weekend I had to think of a quick and easy dessert to take to a family dinner and I wanted to bring something at least fairly healthy. So my first thought was “baked fruit.” I went to the grocery store and bought a bunch of fruit and baked it with orange juice, spices and a little bit of brown sugar. I ended up buying way too much fruit (I always overestimate) and it wouldn’t all fit in the pan, so the apples and pears get to be used for packed lunches. My dessert turned out delicious and it reminded me a little bit of pie filling, but really fresh, fruity and flavorful homemade pie filling. I topped mine with a squirt of reddi-wip for a nice finishing touch 🙂
For Memorial Day I wanted to make a quick, easy and healthy bite size dessert. I found a lot of recipes for stawberries filled with a cheesecake type filling that looked delicious, but had entirely too much saturated fat, calories and sugar for my liking. But I loved the idea of filling a strawberry to make a bite sized treat. Strawberries are full of fiber, vitamin C, and multiple other vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Research shows that eating strawberries may decrease cancer risk, improve cardiovascular health and boost cognitive functioning so you can definitely feel good about eating these tasty treats! For my filling I decided to use neufchatel cheese (like cream cheese but with 1/3 less fat), nonfat plain greek yogurt to cut the fat and calorie content further, a small amount of sugar (1 teaspoon) and pure vanilla extract. Everyone seemed to enjoy them and they were so simple and easy to make.