Happy hump day friends! How has your week been going? I hope you’re having a productive week and getting ready for the holiday coming up. Fourth of July is my FAVORITE holiday, it has always been a favorite (I mean fireworks, BBQs, and we all know I love a good theme). However it has progressed to being my absolute favorite because not only was it our ‘dating anniversary’ but three years ago this July 4th Tyler and I got married <3
Anywho, I apologize in advance for all the Americana and independence-inspired posts from now until the 4th 😉
When I think of red white and blue I first think of my favorite snack, berries. I love all kinds of berries and especially blueberries and raspberries. I know from past research that berries are always suggested to be included in your diet because of their high antioxidant content, but I wanted to investigate a little further on some top favorites that may be included at your outside BBQs this time of year.
Strawberries-antioxidants are just one small part of the nutritional punch these berries pack. Aside from high amounts of vitamin C (more than in an orange), they have potassium, fiber, B vitamins, vitamin K, omega-3 fatty acids, and magnesium (to name a few).
Blueberries-topping the list for one of the best sources of antioxidants, blueberries also boasts high amounts of phytonutrients (anthocyanidins) which neutralize free radical damage in our cells.
Blackberries-besides being powerful antioxidants, blackberries are high in vitamins C and E as well as ellagic acid, all things used to fight disease and cancer. Blackberries also have high levels of pectin (soluble fiber) which in show to lower levels of cholesterol.
Raspberries-this berry is no different than the others and holds some impressive antioxidant properties but it also has strong anti-inflammatory properties that help with heart disease, fortify our immune system and aide in digestion.
Needless to say my obsession with berries was validated through my research on the little powerhouses and I am thankful I aim to include them daily. My favorite way to enjoy them is after a quick rinse straight from the farmer’s market! So delicious on their own.
I am eating so many local tomatoes in Greece, what’s your favorite summer produce? Talk soon!