A Berry Good Time

Summer is a wonderful time of year — plenty of sun, beautiful weather, and of course plenty of delicious in-season fruits and produce! Mid to late-summer is the time where all the gorgeous summer berries reach their peak. From plump blueberries, sweet strawberries, and fragrant raspberries, there is definitely something for everybody. Today, I’ve asked my dietitian friends for their favourite ways to enjoy these amazing fruits. From overnight oats to tarts and popsicles, I know that you are going to LOVE these fun and summer-y recipes! Here are 9 dietitian-approved recipes to make with fresh berries:

Overnight oats are the perfect way to get your day started. Because they are prepared the night before, it saves you the hassle of fixing something up for breakfast before work/school — plus, it’s a no-cook recipe! Packed with fibre, complex carbs, and healthy fats, these oats will keep you feeling satisfied as the day progresses.

Layered with strawberry, mango, and avocado, this Lebanese smoothie has the perfect balance of flavours. The sweetness from the mangos pairs perfectly with the slightly tart strawberries and creamy avocado…Delicious!

Without all the fuss of a traditional style tart, this delectable dessert made with whole wheat flour adds fruits and whole grains to your diet. With just a few ingredients, this tart is a crowd pleaser for sure!

Easily customizable and quick to prepare, this baked oatmeal is a fun take on a classic breakfast and can be enjoyed on-the-go. It is a wonderful make-ahead recipe that will save you time on even the most hectic of mornings. By switching up the toppings and mix-ins to your liking, there is no wrong way to make these.

Made with real fruit, chia seeds, and a touch of maple syrup for sweetness, this next recipe is a wonderful way to enjoy your yogurt at any time of day.

Made with fresh fruit, coconut milk, and a little vanilla, this strawberry nice cream is not only incredibly delicious, but also vegan and gluten-free. Whipped up in just minutes, this at-home version of a classic dessert is just as good, and if not, even better than its store-bought counterpart.

With little preparation time required, these family-friendly sweets are made without tons of artificial flavours, colours, or added sugar. By combining two summer favourites, these popsicles are a fruity, refreshing way to beat the heat.

By toasting the oats and walnuts with a little coconut oil and mixing in coconut flakes, this baked oatmeal is PERFECT for the coconut lover in your life. With easily substituted ingredients, this recipe can be adapted to meet your dietary needs.

Packed with healthy fats and fibre, this heavenly pudding is vegan, nut-free, oil-free, raw, and gluten-free without losing out on any deliciousness! A healthier alternative to traditional puddings, this recipe offers deep, rich flavours and the velvety creaminess we expect and love.

Blog Contributors

This blog was written with the help of UBC nutrition & dietetics students, Gilbert and Celine.

References: 

“Blueberry Maple Tahini Overnight Oats” [August 13th, 2019] 
http://www.evergreeneats.com/blueberry-maple-tahini-overnight-oats

“Blood Pressure Friendly Berry Tart” [August 13th, 2019]

http://sweetspotnutrition.ca/recipe/berry-tart/ 

“Blueberry Almond Baked Oatmeal” [August 14th, 2019]

https://www.hauteandhealthyliving.com/recipes-that-will-rock-your-world/blueberry-almond-baked-oatmeal/

“Homemade Raspberry Fruit-on-the-Bottom Yogurt” [August 14th, 2019]

https://www.hauteandhealthyliving.com/recipe-box/homemade-raspberry-fruit-on-the-bottom-yogurt/

 “Strawberry Nice Cream (Vegan, Gluten-Free)” [August 14th, 2019]

http://www.zestnutrition.ca/strawberry-nice-cream-vegan-gluten-free/

“Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles” [August 14th, 2019]

http://www.zestnutrition.ca/strawberry-watermelon-popsicles/

“Triple Berry Baked Oatmeal with Coconut” [August 14th, 2019]

http://www.zestnutrition.ca/triple-berry-baked-oatmeal-coconut/

“Raspberry Chocolate Pudding” [August 14th, 2019]

https://www.pickuplimes.com/single-post/2017/09/25/Raspberry-Chocolate-Mousse