Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday - Berries

I'll continue Thoughtful Thursdays with another Superfood - BERRIES.

Berries are considered a superfood for many reasons. They are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. You can eat a pretty large portion (usually 3/4 - 1 cup servings) for pretty low calories. Berries can also satisfy a sweet craving, without adding too many extra calories.

Being from Michigan, I love fresh berries! Blueberries and raspberry/blackberries grow here in abundance. Unfortunately, in season for berries is a very small window. Thankfully, berries can be enjoyed year round by simple preservation techniques. The best way to preserve berries is to freeze them. Place berries in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place in freezer. When berries have frozen solid, transfer them to a ziplock bag and enjoy year round!

Berries can be incorporated in a variety of ways. Try adding them to your morning smoothie or pancake batter. Add them to muffins or oatmeal. Sprinkle fresh berries on top of your cereal or even a salad.

How do you add berries into your diet?

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