July is National Berry Month and with so many berries in season during the summer, you can celebrate by enjoying a bowl full of your favorite berries. Berries that are in season during the summer months include blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, raspberries, and strawberries. In addition to being juicy and delicious, berries are bursting with nutrients.
Berries are low in calories and fat, cholesterol and sodium free and rich in fiber and vitamin C. Berries are also rich in antioxidants which may help to boost our immune function and protect our body cells from damage caused by free radicals that can lead to health problems such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other diseases.
To increase your intake, make sure to keep a variety of both fresh and frozen berries on hand. Add berries to your cereal, oatmeal or salad or throw them into muffins, pancakes or desserts.
When shopping for berries, look for those that are bright in color and shiny, plump and firm. Avoid mushy or leaky berries. For best quality, store berries in your refrigerator and wash berries just before eating.
For a delicious and healthy dessert that includes lots of fresh berries, try this recipe for Patriotic Trifle.