Lighten Up, America!

We sent Cooking Light's tireless contributing editor, Allison Fishman Task, on a mission: to crisscross the country in search of favorite regional foods and to lighten them for a country that is starting to think hard about what it eats. Buy the Book: Lighten Up, America!

Regional Favorites: Fruit Toppings

Dress up a bowl of ice cream or slice of pound cake instantly with one of these favorites from across the country.

Fresh Blueberry Sauce
Photo: Oxmoor House

Top It Off

For years each area of the country has been topping cakes and ice creams with fruity flavor. When making these toppers at home, always choose fruits at their peak ripeness. This is when they are naturally sweet, so it keeps the added calories and sugars to a minimum.

A dollop of Fresh Blueberry Sauce is just the ticket in the Northeast.

Combine 1 cup water and 3/4 cup sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Add 1 cup blueberries, 1 teaspoon butter, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg to pan; return to boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook 4 minutes or until berries pop, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

SERVES 12 (serving size: 3 tablespoons)

CALORIES 59; FAT 0g (sat 0g); SODIUM 2mg

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