Fruit Flag Looking for a festive Fourth of July dish? Forget American flag cakes, it's all about the fruit and Wild Orange yogurt pretzels, y'all! This unique dish is so much healthier (and easier to make) than a cake. Fly your essential oil health junkie flag high as you assemble a celebratory dish that everyone will love. And if you don't end up making this recipe on the fourth, don’t worry—the Olympics are coming up too!
This colorful, flavorful dish is bursting full of benefits for the body. Take a look at a few of the health highlights that make us want to salute this beautiful, berry-full dish all summer long:
Raspberries: With fiber, protein, and carbohydrates to spare, raspberries are a dieter’s best friend. Not only are they low in calories and cholesterol-free, but they also contain high levels of antioxidants to slow the growth of cancer or fight against signs of aging.
Blueberries: Blueberries are known as a wonderful source of dietary fiber, which may help reduce the risk of heart disease. They also have a high level of manganese, which can help the body process things like cholesterol, protein, or carbohydrates.
Strawberries: As a good source of vitamin C, strawberries can help to boost immunity, and provide the body with powerful antioxidants. A lesser-known benefit of strawberries is that they can act as a natural defense against wrinkles, because vitamin C is crucial for producing collagen.
Cherries: Though you might not think of cherries as a superfood, they hold impressive health benefits for anyone who incorporates them into their diet. Among many benefits, cherries have been known to help reduce inflammation in several areas of the body. Studies have even shown that the cardiovascular benefits of cherries could help to reduce the risk of stroke.
Fruit Flag with Wild Orange Yogurt Pretzels
- Small square dish for the blueberry section of the flag
- Large rectangular platter, tray, or cutting board
(It may be a good idea to buy extra fruit so you can replenish the flag's stripes when it starts to droop)
- 2 pints raspberries, washed
- 2 pints blueberries, washed
- 2 pounds strawberries, washed
- 1 bag cherries, washed
Wild Orange Pretzels:
- 24 oz. of pretzels
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 4 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 3 cups vanilla protein powder
- 4-7 drops Wild Orange essential oil
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
- Combine the sugar, yogurt, protein powder, and Wild Orange essential oil.
- Dip the pretzels into the yogurt mixture one at a time, using chopsticks or tongs.
- Arrange the coated pretzels on a wire cooking rack with a baking sheet underneath it.
- Turn the oven off and put in the wire rack and baking sheet.
- Leave the oven door slightly ajar.
- After several hours, when the coating is hardened and set, take the pretzels out of the oven.
To make the flag:
Note: Make sure to fill the stripes with stacked fruit and pretzels, since abundance looks best. And isn't abundance the American way anyway?
- Place the blueberries in the small square dish on the upper left-hand corner of the serve-ware you wish to use.
- Fill the space to the right with raspberries, then do a stripe of Wild Orange yogurt pretzels underneath.
- Do a stripe of strawberries, another stripe of Wild Orange yogurt pretzels, and top it off with a row of cherries on the bottom.