I am trying really hard to pay attention to ingredients these days.
Honestly, there are foods that I absolutely love (here’s lookin’ at you, Little Debbie Nutty Bars!) and I don’t even want to know what all they pack in there. BUT, for the most part, I really try hard to make things from scratch, avoid super processed stuff, eat whole foods, and eat real foods.
Sometimes that is a serious challenge when the ingredients you are used to using aren’t the cleanest! Growing up, foods like Cool Whip and Ramen noodles were staples. They were even considered healthy! Cool Whip was the lighter and better-for-you-than-whipped-cream option and Ramen noodles were used in things like Chinese Chicken Salad (which I still love, but I have been experimenting with different crunchy options).
Unfortunately, neither of those foods is healthy (yes, that even includes the “light” Cool Whip). Cool Whip has hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, polysorbate 60, and more. Ramen noodles are high in sodium, fat, calories, and they use a preservative called TBHQ that is a petroleum industry byproduct
Recently, I was in charge of making dessert for our weekly Sunday night family dinner. I knew I wanted it to be light and fresh and summer, but every single idea I had that fit the bill also included Cool Whip. So, I went back to the drawing board to try to come up with a viable substitute.
I am not anti-homemade whipped cream as a sometimes food, but my nephew can’t do dairy, so that wouldn’t work.
So, I set my sights on Greek yogurt.
And, oh, it worked like a charm!
I had my doubts. I didn’t want to feel like I was eating a breakfast parfait for dessert, but it wasn’t even close! It was a light and extremely delicious treat that certainly didn’t taste “healthy” to any of us (and that includes a 3 and 6-year old!).
This is the perfect dessert to bring to a summer barbecue or potluck. It is super easy to throw together, it doesn’t use many ingredients, the bright summer berries make it a beautiful dish, and the best bonus of all – it’s good for you!Print
Summer Berry Trifle Recipe
A healthy AND delicious summer dessert, perfect for a barbecue or potluck with light angel food cake, protein-packed Greek yogurt, and beautiful summer berries.
- Prep Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 6-8
- 2 pounds strawberries, hulled and quartered
- 2 Tbs honey
- 11oz loaf angel food cake, sliced into bite-sized cubes
- 3 c. honey vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 pint blueberries
- Mix together the honey and strawberries and let sit for about 20 minutes.
- In a glass bowl or trifle dish, sprinkle 1/3 of the angel food cake cubes, spread 1 cup of the yogurt on them, top with 1/3 of the strawberries, then sprinkle with 1/3 of the blueberries.
- Continue layering cake, yogurt, and berries until all ingredients are used.
- Serve immediately