It’s summertime! That means berries are in season, and I’ve got just the bowl for you! Fresh berries are perfect to top your breakfast oatmeal or blend into smoothies. They’re great as a fruit salad side item with lunch, AND they can also become a healthy after-dinner dessert. With just a little honey and citrus juice and a mint-flavored whipped cream, you can turn this bowl of berries into a light, healthy dessert. This Berry Salad with Mint Whip has less sugar than other desserts, but it’s full of flavor and antioxidants to protect your eyes.
Antioxidants are very important to protect your vision and strengthen your eyes, so you’re less likely to be at risk for eye diseases. Berries are loaded with vitamins A, C & E. Vitamin A, specifically, can help protect against night blindness and dry eyes. Studies have shown Vitamin E protects the eye’s cells from free radicals that break down healthy tissue. Vitamin C helps keep blood vessels healthy and can lower your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Berries also contain some zinc, a mineral which is found in high levels in your macula (part of the retina). Zinc helps the body absorb vitamin A and may play a role in reducing risk of age-related macular degeneration. (I’ll just add in the fact that the orange juice and mint leaves in this recipe also contain antioxidants).
For all these reasons, it’s a good idea to eat fruit for dessert! With this recipe, I show you how you can easily spruce it up with honey, orange juice, mint, and whipped cream. If you just have to have your dessert, eat one that you can feel good about…one that isn’t full of fat and sugar!
Ingredients (serves 3-4):
- 1 ¼ cup strawberries, cut in fourths
- 1 cup blueberries
- ¾ cup raspberries, cut in half
- 2 tsp honey
- 2 tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
- 2 tsp sugar
- Stir the honey and orange juice in a small bowl.
- Place the berries in a medium mixing bowl. Pour the honey-orange juice mixture over it and mix well so that fruit is coated in juice. Let the fruit marinate for a few minutes.
- Pour heavy whipping cream into a bowl and use a mixer to blend for a few minutes until it becomes fluffy and looks like whipped cream. Stir in the sugar and chopped mint.
- Divide the fruit among 3 or 4 dessert dishes. Then place a little whipped cream on top and a fresh mint leaf for garnish.