Blueberries with Maple Whipped Cream

[donotprint]I remeber being shocked the last time I looked at the nutrition information on a carton of heavy cream. I’ve blocked out the details though. And I comfort myself with the fact that kids need something like 30% of their calories from fat.  Build that brain with this truly delicious snack.[/donotprint]

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1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 pint fresh blueberries (approximately 2 cups)

Chill metal bowl and metal whisk by placing them in the freezer for a few minutes. Remove bowl and whisk from freezer. Put cream, syrup and lemon juice in bowl and whip with whisk (standing or hand-held electric mixer is easiest) until the cream forms soft peaks.

In ramekins or small bowls, layer a large dollop of the whipped cream, 1/4 cup of the blueberries, and a small dollop of the whipped cream. Top with a few extra berries. Serve immediately.

Makes 8 servings.

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Blueberry Cinnamon Yogurt

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1 cup plain greek-style yogurt
1 teaspoon lemon zest, chopped fine
2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice (approximately 1/2 of a lemon)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch salt
1 cup fresh blueberries

In a small bowl, mix yogurt, zest, lemon juice, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt. Fold in blueberries. Divide between 4 ramekins or small bowls and top with a few additional blueberries. Serve.

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Strawberries and Cream

[donotprint]I had to swoop in at the last minute and shove the camera in front of the bowl so I could even get a photo of this. ‘nuf said.[/donotprint]

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1 pint fresh organic strawberries
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream

Wash, hull and slice berries. In a small bowl, pour sugar over berries and toss gently to coat. Add cream and toss gently again. Serve in bowls.

Makes two servings.

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Balsamic Strawberries

[donotprint]Finally, summer has offically arrived at our house and we are all busy eating our body weight in fresh native strawberries. Having a blog about healthy snacks is the best excuse ever to make my kids labor in the pick-your-own strawberry patch at least once a week.[/donotprint]

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A handful of fresh organic strawberries
A couple splashes of aged balsamic vinegar (approximately 1/2 teaspoon)

Wash and hull strawberries. Place in serving bowl or on a plate. Pour vinegar over berries. Serve.

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