Berries may be little, but boysenberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and cranberries are big on antioxidants. The antioxidants in berries can help your body fight oxidative stress caused by free radicals that can lead to illness.
Berries are full of health benefits. But for the purpose of this post, I’m going to focus on how they are loaded with fiber, which helps you feel full (and eat less) and are good for easing your arthritis symptoms, too.
The high antioxidant power of berries protects your body against inflammation and free radicals, molecules that can damage cells and organs and activated arthritic pain.
To get the optimal health benefits of berries, eat two to three types of fresh, frozen or dehydrated each day. Incorporate the benefits of berries into your daily diet with the following suggestions:
1. Strawberries contain more vitamin C in a one-cup serving than one orange and are particularly high in folic acid. Easy serving tip: Top with Greek yogurt for a low-calorie breakfast or dip in melted, low-fat brie cheese.
2. Cranberries not only combat urinary tract infections by preventing Escherichia coli bacteria from sticking to cells in the urinary tract, but they also are a natural probiotic, supporting healthy bacteria that grow in the gastrointestinal tract and aiding in digestion. Easy serving tip: Add a cup of fresh or frozen cranberries to bread recipes. Toss dried cranberries in salads or trail mixes.
3. Blackberries, Raspberries and Boysenberries each contains 8 grams (g) of fiber in one cup – one-third the daily recommended amount. Easy serving tip: Blend them with 100-percent fruit juice and heat to make a sauce for lean protein such as tofu, fish, and chicken.
4. Blueberries contain 20 types of anthocyanin – antioxidants that give berries their blue-violet and red colors. Other berries contain only three or four types. Easy serving tip: Toss a handful on cereals and oatmeal, blend into smoothies, put on a bagel with cream cheese or try this awesome, healthy berry with cream.
Berries with Cream
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup blackberries
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a sauce pad over medium heat. Stir gently (don’t smush your berries!)
1 container whipping cream
1 tablespoon vanilla
Combine in a bowl and mix to desired consistency. I used my Nutribullet 😄👍