Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Patriotic Parfaits!

I love parfaits during the summer months.  Here's a festive red, white, and blue parfait that is tasty and nutritious.

You need:
1 carton of fat-free vanilla yogurt
1/4 tsp of cinnamon or Chinese 5-spice powder
1/4 tsp of lemon or orange extract
8 oz of fat-free frozen whipped topping, thawed
3 cups of fresh raspberries
3 cups of fresh blueberries
1 cup of granola

To assemble:
1.  Mix the yogurt, spice and extract together.
2.  Gently fold the whipped topping into the yogurt.
3. In a large bowl, alternate layers of fruit and yogurt mixture ending with yogurt mixture on top.
4.  Cover the top layer with granola.
5.  Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Combine Fairs and Blueberry Picking!

This weekend is wonderful for family outings especially from the Grand Rapids and Muskegon areas.

This weekend is the closing weekend of the Berlin Fair in Marne, Michigan.  There is a carnival, air dog contests, a petting zoo and lots of interesting exhibits.  Located off of I-96 (Exit 23), the fair is affordable fun for the whole family easily accessed from Grand Rapids.  

If you're coming from Muskegon, this is the opening weekend of the Muskegon County Fair!  This fair includes livestock and still exhibit showing along with fun games for the whole family.  The fairgrounds are near the intersection of I-96 and 31.

Both fairs bring you within 10 minutes of Blueberry Trails.  Stop by to get some delicious berries to end the day with!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Blueberry and Cream Cheese Sandwich

A quick, yummy and nutritious summer lunch!

1/4  cup of blueberries
1 Tbs reduced-fat cream cheese
1/4 tsp of honey
2 slices of low-calorie whole wheat bread

1.  Combine the cream cheese and honey in a bowl.
2. Divide mixture in half.  Spread one half on each slice of bread.
3.  Place berries on the cream cheese spread.  Press gently on the berries to embed them in the cheese.
4.  Place the bread slices on top of each other.

Enjoy this light summer lunch!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Banana-Berry Cream Tart

Here's a wonderful fruit tart that won't wreck your diet!  It has blueberries, raspberries and bananas in a creamy tart.