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Strawberries and Blueberries Make Great Fourth of July Desserts

Although I live in the South, where July is notoriously HOT, I love Fourth of July barbecues with my family and friends.  Patriotic desserts are my favorite, because they provide an opportunity to use my favorite berries to create a red, white, and blue treat.  Of course, some desserts “counteract” the healthfulness of the fruit by adding way too much sugar and fat with ingredients such as whipped topping and whole milk puddings.

Here are three great recipes for Fourth of July desserts, with some ideas of tweaking them to be more healthful:

Sandra Lee’s Red, White, and Blue Trifle (Food Network)

This beautiful dessert calls for a box of red velvet cake mix, a 16-ounce tub of whipped topping, and fresh blueberries and strawberries.  According to the instructions for “Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Red Velvet Cake Mix”, you add 3 Large eggs and 1/3 cup of vegetable oil to the mix to create the cake.  You can lower the fat in the recipe by using 1/3 cup of unsweetened applesauce instead of the oil.  For the eggs, try replacing one or two whole eggs with just egg whites to reduce fat.  For the whipped topping, try Cool Whip Lite, Cool Whip Free, or Cool Whip Sugar Free to reduce calories, fat and/or sugar.

Fourth of July Frozen Desserts

Another great way to end the meal is to set up a Red, White, and Blue frozen dessert “bar”.  Easily create a strawberry sorbet and a blueberry sorbet using your blender or food processor and buy a lower fat vanilla ice cream, such as Edy’s Slow Churned Light Vanilla.  Let your guests create their own patriotic sundae by including some heart-healthy nuts like walnuts or almonds or by adding some additional fresh sliced strawberries and blueberries.

Disney Family Fun 4th of July Recipes

This site just has too many great recipes to pick just one, but one of the most original I found was a “Fruit Flag” – a fun display of fresh fruit that children will especially love.  The recipe only uses fresh strawberries, blackberries and bananas displayed in a flag pattern.  It can be served with a favorite fruit dip, such this one by Kaboose, made with plain yogurt mixed with a small amount of brown sugar and vanilla extract.

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