Blueberry Strawberry Parfait USA

The 4th of July holiday is a time for fun and celebration!  This year I am trying to be health conscious as well and wanted to make a dessert that was healthier–but still keep all the fun!  What better seasonal food to use for this day of red, white and blue than berries!   So I layered strawberries, blueberries and a cream cheese whip into glasses and called it… Blueberry Strawberry Parfait USA!  

Blueberry Strawberry Parfait USA

Blueberry Strawberry Parfait USA

I always associate the 4th of July with strawberries.  A couple decades ago, as penny-watching newlyweds, my sister and I used to go out to our CSA farm where they let us pick the last small berries for free. This always happened on the 4th, since we were both off work and our husbands could watch the kids.  We’d go out early, pick until our backs were sore and our fingers stained pink, then stop for a lunch of malts and pizza burgers (yes, I was less health conscious back then 😉 ).  What fun–buckets of berries, a “girls” lunch, and time left for 4th of July celebrating!  

Blueberry Strawberry Parfait USA trio

Blueberry Strawberry Parfait USA trio

This year we are flush with strawberries–still CSA berries, but now I let the CSA pick and deliver them!  But I still love coming up with fun new ways to serve them like this Parfait USA    

Assembling Parfait USA

Assembling Parfait USA

In reality this is more of a concept than a recipe.  The parfait’s middle layer is a “whip” of lite cream cheese, heavy cream and powdered sugar, but you can substitute Greek yogurt for simplicity and health value. There are crumbled vanilla wafers on the bottom, which add about 50 calories and a little textural variety, but feel free to leave them out or use another cookie.  Allergic to strawberries?  Chunk up some watermelon. Want really generous layers of fruit?  Go with extra berries. This Blueberry Strawberry Parfait USA ain’t fussy!

Whip and pipe cream cheese/whipped cream mixture--or not

Whip and pipe cream cheese/whipped cream mixture–or not

Best wishes for a fun and healthy 4th of July weekend! 

Blueberry Strawberry Parfait USA
Serves 4
Want a July 4th dessert that is healthier and still fun? Layer strawberries, blueberries & lite cream cheese whip for Blueberry Strawberry Parfait USA!
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
317 calories
40 g
44 g
16 g
5 g
8 g
233 g
198 g
21 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
233g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 317
Calories from Fat 143
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
25%
Saturated Fat 8g
42%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 44mg
15%
Sodium 198mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates 40g
13%
Dietary Fiber 4g
15%
Sugars 21g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
10%
Vitamin C
94%
Calcium
8%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Cream Cheese whip (see note)
  1. • 4 ounces reduced fat cream cheese or mascarpone
  2. • 3 ounces heavy cream (6 Tablespoons)
  3. • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  4. • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Rest of Parfait
  1. • 12 vanilla wafers (or equivalent in cookies of your choice) - optional
  2. • 1 pint blueberries (or a bit more)
  3. • 1 pint strawberries (or a bit more), cut into medium sized pieces
Instructions
  1. Make Cream Cheese Whip. Beat cream cheese with electric mixer until light and airy. Add remaining ingredients and beat until fluffy. Store in refrigerator to keep cool.
  2. Crumble cookies in bottom of four serving glasses. Top with a layer of blueberries. Put cream cheese whip into piping bag or plastic bag with a corner cut out, then pipe onto blueberries. Top with cut strawberries.
  3. If desired, decorate with themed party favor, whipped cream and colored sprinkles or item of your choice.
Notes
  1. For an even lighter and healthier dessert, you can substitute Greek yogurt for the cream cheese whip (you would probably need to spoon yogurt rather than pipe).
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calories
317
fat
16g
protein
5g
carbs
40g
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13 thoughts on “Blueberry Strawberry Parfait USA

  1. Kathy

    Looking healthy and delicious! Our local strawberries should be ready in a couple of weeks. There is even a “Strawberry Festival” a little north of us in two weekends. Will keep this in mind as a sweet possibility…

    1. Inger

      I’m not sure why ours were early (though they are usually done around the 4th), but I’m not complaining Kathy! Hope you get to your festival.

  2. David

    Looks perfect, Inger! I don’t know but I have never made anything red, white, and blue for the 4th of July! I have, however, for Bastille Day! I need to change that this year…

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