Three Cheers For the Healthiest Berry Desserts

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Independence Day may be over, but the summer berry season is just hitting its stride. If your kitchen is bursting with all kinds of juicy gems, here's a collection of red and blue berry desserts fit for any summer celebration.

Raspberries

Super-high in fiber (one cup provides more than 30 percent of the daily recommended value), these delicate berries can be found in various shades -- including red white, black and purple -- at farmers markets. Make homemade sherbet better than anything out of the freezer aisle or layer raspberries with other summer fruits in a cool and colorful terrine.

Strawberries

Gushing with vitamin C and powerful antioxidants, sweet-tart strawberries beg to be piled high in shortcakes with Greek yogurt (subbing for the usual whipped cream) or put up in pretty glass jars.

Blueberries

Plump and sweet with an unmistakable color, blueberries boast fiber plus vitamins C and K. Bubble them into a compote than can be spooned over pancakes and ice cream or rest them atop a cool, creamy cheesecake.

Ellie Krieger's Blueberry Compote for Summer/Healthy Grilling as seen on Food Network,Ellie Krieger's Blueberry Compote for Summer/Healthy Grilling as seen on Food Network

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

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