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July Recipe: Red, White & Blue Layered Dessert

Photo Credit: Taste of Home

Did you know that eating high-quality protein sources can help cancer patients heal tissues, maintain muscle and keep the immune system strong? If you are a cancer patient, consider adding healthy sources of protein to each of your meals! Protein is especially important to our bodies after surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

Greek yogurt is a great source of protein and healthy fat! Just a ½ cup (4 oz) of Greek yogurt can contain up to 12 grams of protein. If you are looking for a healthy dessert this summer or for a dish to bring to a Fourth of July cookout, try this high protein red, white and blue layered dessert!


Servings: 4


  • 2 cups (16 oz) 2% fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2, 1 oz packages instant sugar-free Jell-O cheesecake pudding
  • 2 TBSP milk or non-dairy milk
  • 2 cups strawberries, washed and sliced in half
  • 2 cups blueberries, washed

Serving Size: ½ cup pudding mixture & 1 cup berries


  1. Measure out 2 cups (16 oz) of 2% fat plain Greek yogurt into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  2. Pour 2, 1 oz packages of instant sugar-free Jell-O cheesecake pudding into the bowl with the Greek yogurt and mix with a spatula until combined.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of milk or non-dairy milk to the pudding mixture for a thinner consistency and then place the mixture in the fridge to cool.
  4. While the pudding is cooling, wash the blueberries and strawberries. Then, slice the strawberries in half.
  5. Layer the dessert by first placing 1/3 of the pudding mixture in a clear bowl, then place strawberries and blueberries on top of the pudding. Repeat again and place the rest of the pudding mixture on top.
  6. Lastly, place the remaining blueberries and strawberries in the pattern pictured.
  7. Optional: add pistachios, almonds, chia seeds or walnuts on top for an added crunch and for more protein and fiber!
    • Note: Consuming foods high in dietary fiber has been linked to reducing the risk of gastrointestinal cancer.


Recipe adapted from: Taste of Home and Homan at Home.