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{38 Power Foods} My Favorite Weight Watchers Friendly Berry Recipes

Posted Oct 05 2012 2:43pm

Fresh Raspberries

Fresh Raspberries

This week our 38 Power Foods Group continues on it’s healthy eating exploration with berries: blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. (Every week a small group of bloggers is working its way hrough  Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients , by Martha Stewart and the editors of   Whole Living Magazine . If you are interested in joining us, contact Mireya at My Healthy Eating Habits . We’d love to have you join us.)

If you are a berry fan, be sure to check out what these other participating bloggers have cooked up:

This was a fun post for me, since berries are one of my favorite foods. And though I feel like I love all berries equally, I discovered that they’re definitely NOT all equally represented here on Simple Nourished Living. (While strawberry recipes are abundant, recipes using blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are not, which is something I plan on working to change.)

Naturally low in calories and rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants,  berries rich beautiful jewel colors hold the secret to their many health benefits. (The same compounds that give blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries their rich colors provide the antioxidants believed to help counter the risks of cancer, heart diseas and brain deterioration due to aging.)

Instead of obsessing about which berries contain which phytonutrients, I think it’s easier to remember to eat from the rainbow, incorporating as many different colors into your diet as possible.

Here are a few of the ways I love to enjoy strawberries, blueberries and raspberries:

I love them for breakfast on top of cereal, or yogurt…

Fresh Raspberries and Yogurt

Fresh Raspberries and Yogurt

On  toast with laughing cow cheese and honey

Toast with Raspberries, Laughing Cow Cheese, & Honey

Toast with Raspberries, Laughing Cow Cheese & Honey

Layered into a parfait

Strawberry Yogurt Granola Parfaits

Skinny Strawberry Yogurt Granola Parfaits

Stirred into muffins

Healthy Blueberry Muffins with Weight Watchers PointsPlus

As topping for baked French toast

Skinny Baked French Toast with Strawberry Topping

Skinny Baked French Toast with Strawberry Topping

At lunch or dinner tossed into  salad

Mixed Greens & Strawberry Salad with Chicken, Goat Cheese & Avocado

Mixed Greens & Strawberry Salad with Chicken, Goat Cheese & Avocado

Or made into salsa

Skinny Strawberry Fruit Salsa

Skinny Strawberry Fruit Salsa

The desserts and sweet treats you can make with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries are endless. They’re excellent on their own or with a dollop of whipped cream. Here’s a sampling of my favorite Weight Watchers friendly desserts with Berries

Strawberry Shortcake Photo Credit Flickr: Audrey Elizabeth

Easy Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

Skinny Triple Berry Cobbler

Skinny Triple Berry Cobbler

Skinny Strawberry Almond Crumble

Skinny Strawberry Almond Crumble

Low Fat Strawberry Rice Pudding

Skinny Strawberry Rice Pudding

Skinny Raspberry Squares

Light Creamy Ricotta Cheesecake with Fresh Berries

Light and Creamy Ricotta Cheesecake with Fresh Berries

More Weight Watchers Friendly Berry Recipes

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