Berries are one of the many divine things that Nature provides us. They are one of the most versatile fruits and many people use them to make jams, cakes, desserts or just eaten on their own. Of course the best place to get them is either your own backyard or local farmers market so you know they are fresh and oozing with high quality deliciousness.
Berries are low in calories, high in fibre and they contain an enormous amount of vitamins and minerals to completely treat and nourish your body…and taste buds. For example only 1 cup of strawberries contains a tad more Vitamin C than 1 cup of orange juice. Vitamin C is important for immune function and strong connective tissue. They also contain calcium, magnesium, folate and potassium.
The pigments that give berries their vibrant blue and red hues are excellent for your health. They contain phytochemicals and flavonoids that may help to prevent some cancers. Cranberries and blueberries also contain a substance that may prevent bladder infections. While raspberries and blueberries contain lutein which is important for healthy vision.
We all know that blueberries, strawberries, cranberries and raspberries contain high amounts of antioxidants. However, recent research has shown that blackberries trump all other berries in regards to antioxidant content. In fact they contain more than double the antioxidants of blueberries and raspberries.
So how can you incorporate all the goodness of these amazing berries into your diet? Well here is an incredible smoothie recipe by Dr Ben Kim which among many other things promotes longevity:
Berry Smoothie Recipe
- Large handful of ripe blackberries
- 1 cup of pomegranate arils
- 2 bananas, room temperature or frozen, in chunks
- 1 cup of almond or any other unsweetened, non-dairy milk
- 1/2 cup of apple juice
Combine all ingredients in a strong blender and blend until smooth.
Add a few ripe blackberries on top as a garnish.
This smoothie is best enjoyed without a straw, as pomegranate arils tend to get caught up in average size straws. Adding a few blackberries as a garnish only improves the experience of gobbling this up straight from your cup.
Of course you can also use any type of berries you want and mix it up. Coming into a hot summer, what better way to cool off them a lovely refreshing, nourishing, ice cold berry smoothie.