Patriotic Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits

Ever since I was a little girl, the 4th of July has been one of my favorite holidays. Growing up, I always spent the holiday at my grandparent’s house on Lake Norman in North Carolina. We always had the most fun swimming and boating the day away with the whole family and shooting off fireworks after dark. After a few years of spending the 4th in the upstate of South Carolina, I decided to return home this year to enjoy the day with my entire family on the lake.  I am looking forward to a fun and relaxing weekend!

In contrast to all of the typical fat and sugar laden cookout fare, these light and delicious fruit and yogurt parfaits are perfectly patriotic, without all of the extra calories and guilt! These parfaits are made with nonfat Greek yogurt + light cool whip and get their crunch from one of my favorite new treats from Trader Joe’s…

THESE ARE BOMB and add a slight coconut flavor and wonderful texture to this light dessert.

Patriotic Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits
 Makes 4 parfaits

1 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt (I used Fage)
1 cup Cool Whip Free or Tru Whip
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 packets of Truvia/stevia
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh strawberries
Trader Joe’s Coconut Thins (or other cookie of choice)
Whipped cream for garnish (optional) 

1. In a medium sized bowl, whip together the Greek yogurt, Cool Whip, vanilla extract, and Truvia. 
2. Begin layering the parfaits by placing a cookie on the bottom of each glass. Layer with the yogurt followed by the fruit, alernating between the cookie layer + yogurt + alternating fruit between each fruit layer.
3. Serve immediately or refrigerate for 3-5 hours and serve.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Fourth of July!!


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