Friday, June 26, 2009

Fave Foods: A Summer Smile With Berries & Cream

Summertime signals splashes in the pool, running around with my hair up in a ponytail, and heat all around me. After a long day with the sun out, evening rolls around and I'm itching for something sweet and cool. Fruit alone in the winter is comfort and calming. But, for whatever reason, summer can't be complete without ice cream and berries.

No longer in my twenties, though, I can't gobble up three scoops of ice cream like I used to. I mean, I can technically. I have no problem putting it away if I'm on vacation somewhere, feeling carefree and dangerous.

Back at home, I have enough sense to know I can't buy pints of Ben & Jerry's without paying the piper (Although I do mourn my old fix of New York Super Fudge Chunk). So, I make up for the fat by throwing in a ton of my favorite summer treat: strawberries and blueberries.

Just seeing the strawberries lined up pretty and berry pink make me happy. And blueberries are now in season, so I don't have to eat them for nutritional purposes. They're more sweet than tart now.

I put a small scoop of ice cream in my glass bowl, just so it'll melt ever so softly in the warm afterglow of a hot day. The windows are open and the breeze is just starting to come in.

I'll open the freezer door, just as I have countless times as a little girl and take out my ice cream. But, now instead of full fat indulgence, I reach for a slightly sane alternative. I'm so happy I've found Dreyers Light Ice Cream Slow Churned with 1/2 the Fat (Vanilla Bean is my favorite). I can't go for non-fat, so this is a great compromise. Still creamy, with only 100 calories/30 fat calories/11g of sugar.

So, when the warm evenings are still at a slow bake for the day, I unwind with a spoon full of berries and ice cream. And smile a summer smile.


Asianmommy said...

Yum! Nothing better than ice cream & strawberries.

Frank Marcopolos said...

I prefer ice cream and blueberries. Brain freeze + brain food = Biological conundrum.

Bonnie Gray said...

Asianmommy - you said it!

Frank - you are one brainy dude!