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Berries are my favorite part of spring and summer. They’re everywhere, they’re delicious, and they are loaded with amazing health benefits. One of my favorite summertime treats is opening up my grocery delivery box to find tons of fresh, organic berries that I get to enjoy all week long.
We all know (hopefully) that berries are loaded with antioxidants, which make them an amazing anti-aging and anti-cancer food, but perhaps we could use a little reminder about why these colorful little treats are so great? Behold:
8 Awesome Health Benefits of Berries:
High in polyphenols which aid in weight loss, beautify skin, and fight and prevent cancer
Though all berries are super high in antioxidants, blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of any food out there, making them amazing for slowing the signs of aging
Anti-inflammatory, decreasing risk of heart disease, diabetes, and pretty much any other disease you can think of
Boost memory, focus and brain health, due to high levels of gallic acid
Awesome for your gut — blueberries regulate gut biome with their high levels of fiber and prebiotic effect, while blackberries can protect against stomach ulcers
Reduce impact of sun damage due to high levels of resveratrol
Boost immunity, especially strawberries, due to high levels of vitamin C
Treat gout and arthritis, particularly cherries and strawberries
Pretty convincing reasons to eat more delicious berries, right?
Another one is that they are just so frickin yummy and naturally sweet, so you’ll be curbing sugar cravings and reducing the amount of refined sugar in your diet (and that of your kids!). Berries are truly nature’s candy.
Every week, I have beautiful organic blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries delivered to my door from Milk & Eggs (alongside all our other organic produce and pantry staples). When I’m feeling fancy, I’ll add some organic cherries to the mix (but cherries are generally a little more pricey, so I keep them to a few times a month or for a special recipe). My usual weekly Organic Farm Sampler Box comes with strawberries, so I’m covered on that front. Now this is a lot of berries, yes, but between serving a different berry with every one of my daughter’s meals, and using them in my morning smoothies, I have just enough left over to use in some yummy recipes.
Obviously, nothing beats just eating berries whole and fresh, just as they are, but I wanted to share 3 of my favorite other ways to use them up in our weekly meals. I’ve got yummy Raspberry Coconut Overnight Oats, a delicious and light dinner salad featuring beautiful blackberries, and a quick and easy Grain-Free Cherry Crisp for dessert. All are perfect ways to showcase this summer superfood!
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