I love berries! I eat them every morning for breakfast, usually strawberries and blueberries. After I picked a gallon of blackberries this summer, I added those as well. I feel like my breakfast isn’t complete without my serving of berries!
I eat berries with plain Greek yogurt and some honey, or for a dairy-free option, I zap them in the microwave with a tablespoon of coconut butter. So tasty! Another way I like to eat them is with steel cut oats. Occasionally, I add some banana slices or peaches (when in season) if I want a little more sweetness without the added honey.
I also like to add berries to my salads, either fresh strawberries and blueberries or dried cranberries.
According to an article on arthritis.org, berries not only provide tons of fiber, but the antioxidants they contain are good for relieving arthritis symptoms, such as inflammation. I’m all for that! I have arthritis in my hands, and it hurts like the dickens!
The article suggests eating at least two different kinds of berries every day, whether fresh, frozen, or dehydrated. Here are some serving suggestions from the article:
- Strawberries: dip in melted brie cheese
- Blueberries: add to your cereal
- Blackberries, Raspberries, Boysenberries: add to 100% fruit juice and blend. Use as a topping for meats or fish.
- Cranberries: Add fresh or frozen to bread dough before baking or add dried cranberries to salads.
I’m glad to know that eating berries is so good for me! How about you? Do you eat berries?
Information from “The Health Benefits of Berries,” http://blog.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/health-benefits-berries/