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Love dessert but not the calories often associated with after dinner indulgences? Why not try a healthier option instead, featuring fresh-picked fruits of the season! What’s in season now? Berries! Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries…. placed lovingly on top of a Pavlova is a delightful option to make for your next soiree. Inspired by a family friend, this recipe is one of “Mom‘s” favorites!

Tiny Green Mom’s Berry Pavlova

Ingredients

6 organic egg whites

1 /4 cup organic sugar

2 tsp. cornstarch

1/2 tsp. organic vanilla extract

1 tsp. white vinegar

Preparation

In large bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.

Beat in 1 cup organic sugar and beat until glossy. Fold in the rest of the ingredients. Set mixture aside.

Place tin foil over a baking sheet, and place parchment paper over the top of the tin foil. Shape mixture on parchment paper into a nine-inch circle.

Bake in a 200 degree oven overnight. (8 hours)

Before serving, fill the Pavlova shell with homemade whipped cream or store bought, organic whipped cream. Cover with fresh berries of your choice, such as strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. Other fruits go well on this dish, such as kiwis or mango slices. Enjoy!

In honor of the baskets of strawberries purchased over the weekend at the local farmer’s market, “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom decided to round up some of the best facts about this amazing little berry!

Strawberries are fiber-packed, high in folate, potassium and phytonutrients that will boost overall health, lower heart disease and cancer risk, plus improve your memory

Eight medium strawberries contain only 45 calories and provide you with more vitamin C than a single orange. In addition, 8 strawberries provides 140% of the daily recommended daily intake of vitamin C for children

Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside, and the average strawberry has approximately 200 seeds

Strawberries are a member of the Rose family

Strawberries are also rich in nitrate, which can increase the flow of oxygen and blood to the muscles by 7%, which helps to prevent muscle fatigue

The antioxidants found in strawberries include anthocyanins type 2, which has been shown to be effective in reducing the risks of developing cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammatory-related diseases

Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the springtime, and are grown in all 50 states in the United States

For more interesting facts on this delightful little fruit, visit here.