Have a Berry Happy 4th of July!


To me this red, white, and blue treat is heaven on a spoon. Which explains why I serve it  for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack – and not just on the 4th of July!


Greek yogurt
Ricotta cheese
Slivered almonds or chopped walnuts (if desired)
Maple syrup
Cherries (for garnish)


  • Blueberries – Wild blueberries have a lot more phytonutrients than cultivated blueberries. Organic wild blueberries are available frozen at Costco. The health benefits of blueberries.
  • Ricotta cheese – I buy whole milk ricotta made from the milk of  grass-fed cows. It’s creamy and wonderful.


  • If frozen, defrost the raspberries and blueberries. Set aside.
  • Mix together equal portions of yogurt and ricotta cheese.
  • Place a layer of raspberries into your cup or bowl. Top the raspberries with half of the yogurt-ricotta mixture. Add a layer of blueberries, and top that with the remaining yogurt-ricotta mixture. Sprinkle with nuts, if using. Drizzle with a little maple syrup. Top with a fresh cherry!

Enjoy and be healthy!



6 thoughts on “Have a Berry Happy 4th of July!

  1. I love blueberries ( not so fond of rasperries)– especially local ones from New Jersey. I’ve been doing this parfait for years — but I also add a base of chocolate brown rice crispies (Kaola brand from Whole Foods) and I add some cinnamon when the berries are just a little tart. I never tire of this summer breakfast. I love when local produce is ready to savor!

  2. Hi Dana, Thanks for stopping by and offering a recipe for making fresh ricotta cheese at home. I have never made fresh ricotta myself, but at a William Sonoma techniques cooking class, I once saw it made. It was amazing how easy it was to make it — and how delicious too! Their recipe http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/homemade-ricotta-cheese.html and yours are similar so I’m sure yours must be delicious too! Thanks for sharing!

    And by the way, these William Sonoma Technique Cooking classes in Reston, Virginia at the Reston Town Center are fantastic because the instructors are the BEST. You can see the schedule for all William Sonoma Technique classes at: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/pages/technique-classes.html. ~ Leni

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