25.5.2016 | 21:15
It’s feeling like summer here in central North Carolina, after a stretch of days that felt more like early spring. VERY early spring.
Strawberries have been in season for about the past month and local blueberries should be at the farmers’ market any Saturday now. In fact, I’m hoping for them this coming weekend.
Not that I’m giving strawberries the heave-ho, mind you….
Berries are some of my favorite fruit. For most of my life, it was pretty much that I thought they tasted great. Strawberries, blueberries, cherries – I didn’t care. I looked forward to their seasons.
Now I know that these fruits are nutritional powerhouses, with plenty of antioxidants and other micronutrients – the beautiful colors are a giveaway on that point. So I love them even more.
I use them in many of my smoothie recipes, and I’ll use blueberries any way I think of. Chia porridge. Pancakes. Mixed with yogurt. (I’m gonna be working on a blueberry pancake recipe in the next couple of weeks, I hope, so look for that one.)
This week, though, it’s still strawberries done as a nice, cooling dessert that’s exceptionally easy to prepare. Other berries will work — or mix them up.
It MUST be easy – the video demo took 3 minutes!
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You need minimal foods: berries, yogurt, nuts, chocolate chips.
And minimal equipment: a cutting board, a knife, a spoon and a container for the parfait.
Stevia can be added, if needed for taste. We didn’t use any – the strawberries provided an excellent amount of sweetness.
1 cup chopped strawberries
4 oz. PLAIN yogurt – dairy or non-dairy
2 Tbsp low-glycemic chocolate chips (optional)
2 Tbsp chopped nuts of choice (optional)
3-4 drops stevia (optional, to taste)
Chop strawberries into small pieces. Alternate spooning strawberries and yogurt into desired container (glass, cup, bowl, wine glass, etc.). Add stevia if desired and top with nuts and/or chocolate chips. Admire your work, then grab a spoon, step outside and enjoy!