Berries are a delicious, low calorie, high fiber snack that contains many vitamins and minerals that are essential for your body’s healthy function. With such a variety of berries there is a type for everyone to enjoy- strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, and blackberries to name a few!
Health Benefits of Berries
Berries are a good source of antioxidants and offer a variety of health benefits.
Berries contain phytochemicals and flavonoids which have been shown to help prevent some types of cancer
Cranberries can help prevent bladder infections
Blueberries help promote healthy vision with the lutein they contain
Where can I get berries?
Summer is a great time to enjoy berries- they are in season and so taste very fresh! They are widely available during summer months:
Berries are typically less expensive at the supermarket since they are in sease
If you can’t afford to buy fresh berries look in the frozen food section and buy frozen berries (just avoid added sugar and/or syrups)
Local farmers markets are a great place to buy berries and get to know your farmers!
How can I eat more berries?
Simply start adding them to foods you already enjoy eating, or get creative with new healthy dessert ideas:
Add blueberries to cereal and oatmeal
Slice raspberries and strawberries into yogurt
Blueberry pancakes and muffins are always a hit!
Serve mixed berries (pick whichever combination you like) as dessert with a little low fat whip cream instead of sweets
Add some raspberries to your favorite white wine
Dress up a salad with raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries (add some walnuts to your salad to get more heart healthy omega-3 fatty acid)
Offer berries as a snack to your kids- get them involved with picking berries at a local farm or try growing some yourself!
Nutrition Information for berries:
1 cup of strawberries has only 54 calories and contains vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, folate and potassium
1 cup of blueberries has only 83 calories and contains vitamin C, minerals and phytochemicals
1 cup of raspberries has only about 64 calories and contains vitamin C and potassium
1 cup of cranberries has only 44 calories and contains vitamin C, minerals and phytochemicals
With so many reasons to eat berries, which is your favorite?