Berry season is now upon us! Berries are high in fiber and nutrients, low in calories, and have a high antioxidant level. They are a perfect sweet treat on a weight loss diet.
One cup of strawberries has over 100 mg of Vitamin C, almost as much as a glass of orange juice. Strawberries also have calcium, magnesium, folate, and potassium. Blueberries also have a significant amount of vitamin C, plus minerals and phytochemicals. They boost brain power as well.
Also remember to include raspberries and blackberries. Raspberries aid in good cardiovascular health and are an aid in cancer prevention. Blackberries have a very high antioxidant score, aid in good brain functioning, and help keep the GI tract healthy.
Use berries in fresh fruit salads, on quinoa, with yogurt, and in summer desserts. They are really good with some coconut milk or cream and a dash of cinnamon. Also include them in your smoothies.
It’s best to eat local and organic whenever possible. If you have a lot of them (i.e. you just went berry picking) here’s a tip for keeping berries fresh longer. Fill your sink with water and add a drop of lemon essential oil (food grade only, like Young Living Oils). Be sure to add only one drop or your berries will taste like lemons! You can put the drop in a small glass of water first. Then if two drops come out by mistake you only add half the water to the sink water. You can drink the other half to refresh yourself.
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Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions. To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com Both group and private sessions are available.