When you think of healthy, nutritious foods, what are the ones that come to mind first? Fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins often make the top of that list. Of course, not all foods within those categories are created equal. Some foods in particular are known for being especially nutritious. Berries are an example of one such food.
Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C, folate, potassium, and manganese. They have antioxidant properties, as well as a decent amount of fiber. Their relatively low spot on the glycemic index means that they aren’t likely to lead to significant spikes in blood sugar. Including strawberries as a regular part of your diet can reduce oxidative stress, help reduce inflammation, and include your cardiovascular function and blood lipid profile.
Like strawberries, blackberries are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, and manganese. They’re a good source of vitamin K as well. They’re impressively high in fiber, considering their small size, and are also a good source of antioxidants. Blackberries have anti-inflammatory properties. Eating them daily is thought to have benefits like reducing your risk of cancer, protecting against heart disease, boosting brain power, and supporting oral health. They also have a low glycemic index, so they aren’t likely to spike your blood sugars either.
Blueberries are a great source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese, much like strawberries and blackberries. They have a higher glycemic index than these other berries, but it’s still low enough that it isn’t likely to spike your blood sugar. Blueberries are known for being an ample source of antioxidants. Consuming them daily is thought to help improve your immune system and metabolism, as well as reducing your risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
Not only do berries pack a nutritional punch, but they also taste delicious. You can eat them by themselves if you like. They are also an excellent addition to all sorts of foods like oatmeal, salads, and yogurt, offering an easy way to boost the nutritional density of such dishes. Next time you need a healthy snack or want to boost the nutritional content of a meal, reach for any of these three berries and enjoy the guilt-free deliciousness they offer.
The Nut and Berry salad at The Nauvoo offers a delicious blend of all three of these berries. Click here to see the other delicious, nutritious dishes you can enjoy the next time you stop in.