Red, White and Blue Parfait

480910_482141241859021_634181953_nMake these in small clear orange juice containers and chill ahead of time before your party starts. Use unflavored Greek yogurt and red jello and layer unit you are about two-thirds to the top. You can add blueberries to the top (make sure they are washed and dried before adding). Before you serve add a whipped topping. You could even add a few red, white and blue sprinkles to the top.

Chocolate Nest Bowl

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What a completely elegant way to serve strawberries or some other goodies to a special someone or at an elegant party. Take a solid bowl (glass or metal because plastic bowls will tend to shift and can crack chocolate) and use thin foil to cover the outside of the bowl. Melt chocolate or candy melt/almond bark and keep drizzling over foil to create a nesting look. Make sure to get enough so it will be strong and don’t forget to get the ridges of the bowl and the bottom.You can do a two-tone effect of white chocolate/dark chocolate or three if you added a medium colored chocolate. DO NOT FREEZE as this will make the chocolate very brittle. Air dry the chocolate at least eight hours. Gently turn bottom of your new bowl so it is sitting on its bottom. Pull foil away from glass/metal bowl and then remove glass/metal bowl. Then gently pull away from your chocolate bowl.  Slight breaks can be fixed with some patching (melt chocolate and hold a piece of foil on the underside of your chocolate bowl and drizzle to repair and hold for a few minutes. Let dry completely before you pull foil away. Your new bowl is ready – would make a great way to serve Mom or Dad a breakfast of fresh strawberries for Mother’s / Father’s Day. For Diabetic’s use sugar free chocolate and if you want to lower calories the rule of the darker the chocolate is the better.

St Patricks Day Strawberries

14947_446774388729040_2129367802_nDip a perfect strawberry into white or dark chocolate and use candy sprinkles to decorate or use green and white stripes of vanilla sugar icing. Refrigerate and give as a gift or have them for that romantic after dinner time. These could be made to look playful or very elegant depending upon recipient.

Strawberry Health Benefits

Strawberries Strengthen Heart Health~
Strawberries are more than just a treat for the taste buds. They’re also health boosters that lower the risk of heart trouble and diabetes.
Scientists at the University of Warwick in England have discovered that natural chemicals found in strawberries activate a protein called “Nrf2″ that boosts antioxidant activity in the body. It also lowers blood fats and cholesterol, helping to keep the arteries clear.
Eating strawberries has previously been found to counter post-meal blood glucose and low density lipoprotein, or “bad” cholesterol and, therefore, decrease risk of diabetes and heart disease; but this is the first time that strawberry extracts have been proved to actively stimulate proteins that offer protection against disease.