Berries are among my favorite fruits because of their low-sugar content, vibrant colors and distinct flavors. They make an easy-to-eat snack to enjoy at any time, a delectable dessert, and an interesting addition to salads and sauces. Needless to say, I use berry recipes whenever possible while these little gems remain seasonal, accessible and inexpensive!
Besides earning a spot on the list of low-sugar fruit, berries are notorious for their anti-cancer and brain-supportive properties. Raspberries contain resveratrol, an antioxidant-like compound that has been shown to aid in the prevention of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. And anthocyanin, the compound responsible for blueberries’ color, may boost memory and mood. From juicy blackberries to tart cranberries, nearly every berry on the list contains impressive amounts of vitamin C.
Celebrate berry season and enjoy this roundup of berry recipes!
Strawberry, Fennel & Arugula Salad from Rebecca Katz: Bitter arugula, fragrant fennel and sweet strawberries cover a variety of colors and flavors in this light salad recipe. Change it up with a different vinaigrette or add chicken breast for additional protein.
Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl from Joyful Healthy Eats: Make your morning smoothie with a handful of mixed berries, protein powder, a banana, and spinach. Once blended, pour the smoothie in a bowl and top with extra nutritious goodies like coconut flakes, chia seeds, and more sliced berries. You could have this for breakfast all week long by switching out the toppings every day!
Blueberry & Red Bell Pepper Salsa from The Stay at Home Chef: I never would have thought to add a fruit to my salsa, and now I need to give this a try! Mix sweet and spicy with this innovative berry recipe that uses blueberries, peppers and cilantro. Simple yet refreshing, serve it as an appetizer with sliced cucumbers or as a topping on a salad.
Blackberry Balsamic Herbed Pork Tenderloin from Leigh Anne Wilkes: You really can’t go wrong by combining meat and fruit. Savory pork and sweet blackberries are a match made in heaven in this rich and satisfying recipe. Shallots, balsamic vinegar and a touch of honey add the perfect flavor complement.
Superfood Chocolate Bark with gogi berries from Choosing Chia: Get all the benefits of goji berries, an ancient superfruit, along with dark chocolate and nuts in this easy dessert recipe. A small piece will satisfy your sweet tooth after a meal while adding antioxidants and mood-boosting compounds. Try different nuts for a little variety.
Get Creative with More Berry Recipes!
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