After I had Noah, my friends and family brought over so many wonderful gifts and treats to welcome the new baby. I will always be thankful for their kindness. My mom filled up my pantry with snacks, loaded the freezer with dinners and stocked our closet with toiletries. Friends brought homemade meals and tiny adorable baby outfits. We got our share of chocolate candy too, which of course, is always appreciated. Especially since Kevin hates chocolate, so guess who gets to enjoy it all by herself ;)
It was January and happened to be extremely cold in the days following Noah’s arrival. A dear friend of mine stopped by and didn’t want to bother us. Looking back, I thank her so much for this because not only was I experiencing new levels of exhaustion, but my eyes kept pouring out tears for no apparent reason. I was, in short, a giant leaking mess. Since it was so cold out, she left a bowl of beautiful berries outside our door with this incredible vanilla sugar topping. This became my first postpartum craving. We finished off the bowl pretty fast, so the next few trips to the store included stocking up on similar berries and trying to ration what was left of the sugar topping to make it last longer. These berries were heaven on earth for this new mama. I am sure that my body was craving nutrients as my milk had started to come in, and fresh fruit was just the answer it needed at that moment. This simple kind gesture will always be remembered with such a thankful heart. Because a) we eventually DID eat all the sugar topping and b) I love it so much, I have since created my own version with this Vanilla Mint Summer Berry Bowl. Every time I make it, my day gets brighter and the stress around me doesn’t seem quite so heavy. I topped mine off with a little vanilla bean Creme Fraiche for a fun twist that makes a perfect little 5 minute, low-calorie dessert.
The great thing about berries is they are available year round. However, they have the best flavor throughout the summer months, which is great because mint is also growing in abundance. In fact, I am usually trying to pawn mint off on people by September because it is trying to take over my front porch rocking chairs as the vines stretch out way past their designated flower box. Berries are abundant in fiber, manganese, copper, folate, as well as vitamins C and K. They are also loaded with antioxidants which help to reduce inflammation in the body. That explains my cravings! To learn more about the benefits of berries, click HERE.
I LOVE 5 minute, low-calorie desserts – and I have created other delicious options like this BANANAS FOSTER A LA MODE. They help stave off dessert binges while satisfying those sugar cravings. What kind of desserts do you crave? Tell me in the comments and maybe we can turn it into a healthy version for you!
With much love from my table to yours,
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Vanilla Mint Summer Berry Bowl with Creme Fraiche
The perfect blend of summer berries coated in a light vanilla mint topping. Full of nutrients and flavor! Makes the perfect gift for new moms too!
With the back of a spoon or muddling utensil, mix sugar, mint and vanilla together until blended well. Add rinsed berries and gently mix well. Serve cold topped with creme fraiche.