A healthy, simple snack from Dria!

*Mixed Berries with Orange Mascarpone Cream, makes 6 servings

¼ C mascarpone cheese
¼ C vanilla 2% reduced fat Greek Yogurt
½ tsp grated orange rind
2 C quartered straweberries
3 C any other berry
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
1 Tbsp fresh orange juice

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Combine strawberries and next 3 ingredients in a medium bowl. Gently stir in sugar, mint, and orange juice. Spoon fruit mixture into bowls; top evenly with mascarpone cream.

*View the original recipe from Cooking Light here!

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