Sweet Treat: Strawberry Club Sandwiches
While dessert is not a meal component frequently associated with being healthy, dessert can be part of a healthy eating style. When desserts incorporate foods like fruit that isn’t eaten as part of the main meal, desserts help your family reach dietary recommendations without a heavy dose of sweet. Enjoy some healthier preparations of dessert favorites like this Strawberry Club Sandwich with your family this week. This recipe is also a perfect dessert to celebrate National Sandwich month!
- 6 oz Light cream cheese, softened (3/4 of an 8 oz package)
- 2 Tablespoons Frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
- 2 Tablespoons Honey
- 1/3 cup Chopped toasted walnuts
- 1/2 Preheat angel food cake (slice in three horizontal layers then in four vertical slices)
- 2 pint Baskets fresh California strawberries, stemmed
- 1/2 cup Whipping cream, whipped and lightly sweetened
1. In a small bowl, beat cheese, orange juice concentrate, and honey to blend thoroughly; mix in walnuts.
2. Cut cake into 12 equal slices. Slice 1 basket of the strawberries. Spread 4 slices of cake, on one side, with some of the cheese mixture. Top with half of strawberry slices, with more cheese mixture; place on first 4 cake slices. Cover with remaining sliced strawberries. Spread remaining cake slices, on one side, with remaining cheese mixture; place cheese sides down on sandwiches.
3. Cut diagonally into halves; skewer each with a sandwich pick. Serve sandwiches with remaining strawberries, halved, dividing equally. Dollop with whipped cream; garnish with mint sprigs, if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Serves 8. To lower the calories yet keep the taste Angel Food Cake replaced Pound cake. Using orange zest retains the flavor of orange juice concentrate. Recipe adapted from California Strawberry Commission. Photo provided courtesy of the California Strawberry Commission.
What is your favorite dessert with summer fruit to serve your family?
Trina Robertson, MS, RD is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition. As a HealthyEating.org Mom she shares her positive approach to healthy eating with the goal of inspiring others to prepare and enjoy foods from each of the food groups. As a Project Manager with the Dairy Council of California, Trina develops, evaluates, and promotes nutrition education materials for students and adults. At home she enjoys cooking and sharing meals with her family. Her most rewarding accomplishment is that her boys are good eaters and are learning to cook. Follow Trina on Twitter @TrinaR_RD and find more Healthy Eating ideas on Facebook.