(Photo courtesy of Marcus Nilsson via CookingLight- 26 Berry Recipes)
Berry Health Benefits and Recipes
Berry season is upon us, which means we are incorporating the juicy and seasonal fruit into any and all of our summer recipes!From blueberries and blackberries to raspberries and strawberries, when the sun is out, berries are ready to play! Join us as we go through the health benefits of the delicious berry, and also share our favorite berry-inspired recipes and tips. We think it’s safe to say that you will like our recipes berry much.
Health Benefits: How are berries so nutritious?
Berries are like little miracle workers! According to VeryWellFit, berries are “[l]ow in fat, carbs, and calories, but high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, these yummy nuggets of flavor not only contribute to overall health but may even help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as slowing the aging process.” Berries are also a great treat to snack on because they are low in sugar and calories- so no need to worry as you pop them into your mouth by the handful! It is because of berries’ high nutritional properties and low carb and sugar value that it a recommended food choice for people living with diabetes. To learn more about the berry health benefits, click here! Now that we know how amazing and healthful berries are, let’s eat them every chance we get!
Berry recipes galore!
We know just how vital berries are for our overall health, which is why we made sure to make a Mixed Berry variation of our Levana Nourishments protein pouches. Made with real fruit and berries, such as blueberries, cranberries, and pomegranate, this full-flavored superfood mix provides a completely balanced meal with all-natural ingredients: protein, fiber, no added sugar! To get a well-balanced and nutritious dish every meal, shop our pouches and add them into your favorite recipes!
Our first recipe idea is our delicious breakfast Blueberry Scones recipe. Blueberry scones and all scones are wonderful year-round! While this recipe does not discriminate against frozen blueberries, in the summer we love to use fresh blueberries. Take advantage while the sun is still shining and warm! This recipe can be whipped up in minutes and is full of flavor. Have no fear: You will find these yummy scones totally adaptable to a gluten-free variation!
Our next recipe idea comes straight from summer heaven: Strawberry-Avocado Salsa! All you have to do is combine the fresh and flavorful listed ingredients together and you’ll be left with a delectable and healthy salsa- perfect for dipping! Your friends and family will love the innovative use of strawberries as the star of this unique salsa recipe. (Photo below courtesy of John Autry via CookingLight)
Next up on our berry menu is our homemade Raspberry Vinegar recipe. This vinaigrette, made with the raspberry vinegar, is beautifully colored and intensely flavored. A little goes a long way! Mix it with a good olive oil in salad dressings, or splashed into a fruit salad or a berry dessert sauce. This tangy vinaigrette will jazz up and add a summery element to even your most basic of green salads. This one is luxurious and delicious!
Some extra inspiration for all of your berry endeavors
We’re always in need of some extra healthy breakfast inspiration. Try out a nutritious berry smoothie or protein shake! Smoothies are so versatile because you can add in whatever berries you wish, so feel free to go crazy! To make your next green salad more filling, protein-packed, and summer-inspired, add in chicken and berries (think raspberries and strawberries). That’s one hearty main-course dish! Before the sun sets on summer, try out these healthy berry recipes, and don’t be afraid to embark on your own berry adventures as well. To keep the flavors of summer around for as long as possible, head out on a family berry picking day- you’ll be able to freeze any leftovers and enjoy them whenever the berry craving hits- we know it will!