Best Red, White and Blue Dessert for Memorial Day Weekend!

dietToday’s guest article by Jennifer Neily, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

Red, white as well as blue– our nation’s shades … AND ALSO two of these occur to be the colors of my favored fruits! Just what’s much better compared to strawberries and blueberries? Not considerably in my book. That’s why I take every possibility to use them in among my favorite guilt-free desserts:

Strawberry – Blueberry Shortcake with Whipped Topping

The ingredients could not be easier:

  • Slice of angel food cake
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Whipped topping

That’s it!

Surely you’ve heard how great berries are – however do you know why? Like the majority of plant-based meals they’re excellent sources of the disease battling plant compounds called phytochemicals. Strawberries consist of flavonoids that have health defensive benefits in addition to folate, vitamin C, potassium, and also fiber. My coworker, signed up dietitian and “Guy-a-titian” Dave Grotto, writer of 101 Foods That Can Save Your Life states that, “the plant nutrients discovered in strawberries, especially polyphenols, have antioxidant capacities that could lower swelling as well as oxidative anxiety. These 2 hazardous procedures have been connected to significant challenges to our health. Polyphenols help to shield and mend cells.”

And after that there are blueberries. I bear in mind as a children going blueberry selecting in the Midwest. One lovely summer season mid-day my mommy, brother Mark and I earned a whopping 45 extra pounds of blueberries! Which’s merely what we paid for– we selected a great deal more. I can simply picture the number of wound up in my belly. I marvel I still love blueberries as considerably as I do I consumed a lot of that day! We would certainly clean them, dry them as well as pack them in the fridge freezer. So year-round we would certainly have terrific blueberry treats. They were wonderful to munch on straight from the freezer since they iced up like marbles.

Little did I know those succulent little blue points were going to finish up being such an incredibly fantastic food. They include phytochemicals that are varying from those in strawberries – called anthocyanins – which offer them their gorgeous rich blue shade. They’re additionally great sources of resveratrol – a chemical found in grapes and also merlot. Like the polyphenols in strawberries, these phytochemicals are effective disease-fighting antioxidants.

So this Memorial Day weekend break, bring in some red, white, as well as blue to your celebrations !! You’ll be doing a great point for your health and wellness as well as your preference buds!