Superfood Spotlight: Berries
Fresh fruits + veggies are a staple in any CHAARG girl’s diet ++ we are loving all of the ripe berries in-season this summer! Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries — they’re all delicious to snack on or to sweeten up your favorite smoothie, but did you know that berries are considered a superfood? Nutrient-dense + packed with flavor, here are some health benefits + unique recipes for our favorite summer fruit!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
1] Full of antioxidants
Antioxidants are important for fighting free radicals in the body. Free radicals damage cells + are thought to be involved in cancer + heart disease risk, so the antioxidants found in berries can help with the prevention of these diseases, anti-aging, + inflammatory conditions.
2] High in Vitamin C
Did you know that one serving of blackberries contains 35% of an individual’s daily recommended levels of Vitamin C? Other types of berries are also packed with high levels of this essential nutrient, as well! Vitamin C cannot be naturally synthesized by the body + is necessary for protein synthesis, collagen production, + immune system function.
3] High in Fiber
Berries contain high levels of both soluble + insoluble fiber that, maintaining regular blood sugar levels + promoting healthy digestion.
HOW TO PICK THE BEST BERRIES
While picking up a package of berries at your local supermarket offers the most convenience, it might not offer the best flavor. Try to support your local farmers at the farmer’s market or by heading directly to the source + picking them fresh off the bush yourself! Not only will this yield in better berries + support for your local community, but you’ll have more fun doing it, too! When picking your berries, look for ones that are firm + are deep in color. Many peak in June + July, but they should be ripe, fresh, + in-season until mid-September!
OUR FAVORITE BERRY RECIPES
It wouldn’t be summer without sharing our favorite berry recipes! If you’re looking for a refreshing option post-workout or out by the pool, check out these four fruit infused water recipes utilizing berries! More of a smoothie gal? Pack in plenty of essential nutrients with this superfood smoothie! Summer is also the time for barbeques + get-togethers with friends, so try out these strawberry cheesecake bites for your next gathering. : ) Need more inspo? Check out the *eat* category of the CHAARG Blog for more!
What’s your favorite way to use seasonal berries? Share with us in the comments below or on Instagram using #CHAARGeats!