Last updated on September 7th, 2017
For dinner one summer night, I ate a chunk of slow-cooked roast-beef, some raw veggies, and as a treat, a bowl of halved fresh strawberries, whole fresh blueberries, and two table-spoons of heavy whipping cream.
Berries are the only kind of fruit I eat anymore. (I count the avocado as a berry, one that brings its own creamy fat.)
I calculate that the berry bowl contained 137 calories, 9 grams carbs, 2 grams fiber, and 10 grams fat. All of the fat and the majority of the calories came from the heavy cream.
In addition to fiber and sweetness, the berries (4 medium strawberries and a quarter-cup blueberries) provided 54% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin-C (mostly from the strawberries), and significant amounts of Vitamin-K, potassium and manganese. The berries also provided antioxidants. (For more details, see “Strawberries, raw” and “Blueberries, raw” at SELF Nutrition Data.)
Of course, conventional diet wisdom would say skip the cream to save some calories and avoid the fat.
This is the same conventional diet wisdom that many Americans have tried to follow for 40 years, resulting as some would claim in an ever-fatter nation and epidemics of high blood-pressure and type-2 diabetes. Perhaps it’s time for a new approach.
No shortcake on the bottom, no sugar sprinkled over the top or mixed with the cream.
Just berries and cream, spoon and bowl. Fresh whole food. Simple.