Berries

It’s berry season! Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries…These little nutrient powerhouses are well known for their health benefits, largely due to high concentrations of “anthocyanins” which give them their deep blue/purple/red color. These anthocyanins are a subcategory of flavonoids, a class of antioxidants, which help protect your cells from oxidative damage. Research focusing on heart health has shown significant reductions in likelihood of cardiac incidents in study participants consuming at least 3 servings of berries a week. You can have them fresh or frozen and in any form you like. Try them on top of plain Greek yogurt for breakfast or paired with a handful of mixed nuts for a snack. Remember that these are a healthy carbohydrate choice due to their high fiber and therefore lower glycemic properties, and can be an easy-to-grab option in your main meals. Eat up while the eating is good! (Disclaimer – Like any nutrition recommendation, this is not going to be appropriate 100% of the time for every single person. Before making major nutrition changes, chatting with a registered dietitian or your doctor is a good idea.)