Wellness Wednesday: Bountiful Berries

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 😉

DSC_2744When 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.

DSC_2748Needless 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!

<3 Megan

 

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