It doesn’t get any better than eating fresh and juicy raspberries on a hot summer day! Since these delicious little berries are in season right now, I thought we would take a moment and talk about why we should include raspberries into our daily diets. Not only are they a tasty treat, they are packed with nutrients to help us look and feel our best. Learn more by listening to this episode of Authentic Self Wellness Radio!
I absolutely adore picking berries on a beautiful sunny day! I am fortunate to live in Oregon where wild berries grow abundantly. Raspberries have to be my favorite berry because they taste so wonderful and go well in many different dishes! Believe it or not, there’s a lot more to this juicy berry than just a delicious taste. Raspberries are one of the top fruit sources of fiber. We need to include a fair amount of fiber in our diets in order to keep our digestive system in optimal health. Fiber also helps us feel full which aids in keeping hunger cravings away. Raspberries have been shown to have anti-cancer properties, especially when it comes to cancers of the mouth, throat, and colon. They contain high levels of vitamin C and manganese, which helps ward off sickness and infections. Raspberries contain 50 percent more antioxidant power than strawberries. They are also full of vitamin B3, biotin, folate and iron.
DID YOU KNOW:
– Raspberries are a good source of ellagic acid which helps to destroy free radicals responsible for causing harm to our bodies.
– According to ancient myths, raspberries were thought to originally be white until the nymph Ida pricked her finger while gathering babies for baby Jupiter.
Did you pick up a bunch of berries at the store? Looking for ways to use them? This delicious and nutritious smoothie will not only boost your energy levels naturally but will keep your immune system strong. It’s also a fantastic smoothie for promoting healthy and clear skin. The blueberries are a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin E. Blackberries are full of fiber, which helps keep us regular and our digestive system healthy. Strawberries contain a concentrated source of nutrients that make them a good for promoting good heart health. They also have anti-inflammatory properties. By using some plain kefir, you are incorporating “friendly-bacteria” into your body, promoting good digestive help and strong immunity. Give this smoothie a try today!
Probiotic Immunity-Boosting Berry Blast
- 1 handful fresh organic raspberries
- 1 handful fresh organic strawberries
- 1 handful fresh organic blueberries
- 1 handful fresh organic blackberries
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 C of your favorite plain unsweetened kefir
- 2 tsp honey
Add all ingredients to your blender and process until thoroughly mixed. Pour into a tall glass and serve.
Full of nutrients like folic acid, biotin, beta-carotene, and calcium, this simple juice is delicious and nutritious. Cucumbers are a great source of vitamin C and a phytonutrient called caffeic acid, which prevents water retention. Raspberries have been shown to have anti-cancer properties, especially when it comes to cancers of the mouth, throat, and colon. The pears are a good source of vitamin K which is important for helping prevent oxidative damage to our cells. Give this juice a try today!
- 2 C fresh raspberries
- 2 pears of your choice
- 1/2 cucumber
Add all ingredients to your juicer machine and process until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and serve. Enjoy!