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The summer sun brings a beautiful bounty of sweet and delicious berries to the table. From sweet treats to savoury dishes, find new ways, in these five berry delicious recipes, to enjoy seasonal berry goodness while it lasts!

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Raspberry Ginger Smoothie Power Bowl

Raspberry Ginger Smoothie Power Bowl
Roasted Strawberry Crostata Topped with Balsamic Spinach and Goat Cheese

A fruity spinach salad spinoff tops a hearty crostata packed full of juicy and sweet roasted summer strawberries. Served warm or cold, this beautiful rustic tart is plenty sophisticated for any afternoon brunch. In a pinch, you could substitute frozen pie dough to make the crust.

Berry Intense

Swap out balsamic glaze in crostata topping with this balsamic reduction with a strawberry kick!

Blueberry and Ricotta Gnudi with Basil

Purple-stained and pillowy soft, these ricotta balls are delicate and delicious with a hint of blueberry. Once assembled, they cook quickly, so prep gnudi ahead of time for a quick and satisfying meal! Instead of olive oil, finish this dish off with a drizzle of honey and transform this dish from savoury to sweet! Gnudi are best enjoyed the day they’re made.

Golden Berry Salsa Fresca with Grilled Chili and Garlic Chicken Skewers

Bright and vibrant, golden berries give this fruity salsa fresca a tart and tangy crunch that pairs well with mango. Serve with a salad of mixed greens, and these salsa and skewers are transformed into an eye-pleasing meal that is flavour filled and delicious!

Vegan Blackberry Cheesecake Bars

So smooth, so rich, and so creamy, you’ll find it hard to believe it’s not dairy! Toasted hazelnuts and coconut are bound together by sweet dates, creating the perfect nutty and gluten-free base that’s then topped with a dreamy layer of tangy blackberry decadence. These bars are easy to make and store well in the freezer for up to a week. Enjoy at room temperature or frozen—they’re delicious either way!

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You might think of protein as something you mainly get from a meal and, therefore, not a component of dessert. But, if you’re going to opt for dessert from time to time, why not consider working in ingredients that go big on this important macronutrient? It’s easier (and more delicious) than you may think! Protein is an essential part of every cell in your body and plays a starring role in bone, muscle, and skin health. So, certainly, you want to make sure you’re eating enough. And it’s best to spread protein intake throughout the day, since your body needs a continual supply. This is why it can be a great idea to try to include protein in your desserts. When protein is provided in sufficient amounts in a dessert, it may help you feel more satiated and help temper blood sugar swings. Plus, in many cases, that protein comes in a package of other nutritional benefits. For instance, if you’re eating a dessert made with protein-packed Greek yogurt, you’re not just getting protein; you’re getting all the yogurt’s bone-benefitting calcium and immune-boosting probiotics, too. Adding nuts to your dessert doesn’t just provide plant-based protein, but it also provides heart-healthy fats. Yes, desserts need not be just empty calories. Ready for a treat? These protein-filled desserts with a healthy twist are dietitian-approved—and delicious.