Berries are one of those foods I find Odin and myself eating everyday. Mainly because they are delicious and we both love them, but also because they have so many nutritional benefits. Let’s take a look at a few…
Antioxidants to help fight inflammation
As an arthritis sufferer, I am always looking for natural alternatives to help fight inflammation and the antioxidants found in berries do just that. Berries contain an antioxidant compound called proanthocyanidins, which can help fight inflammation and cell damage.
High in fibre
A high fibre diet is important for gut health. It promotes weight loss, decreases constipation and lowers blood sugar levels. The raspberry in particular is a very high fibre berry, with 6.5g of fibre per 100g.
Berries for weight management
As mentioned, berries are high in fibre and water, both key components in helping you feel fuller for longer. Having them as a snack, cooking with them or adding them to a smoothie, will help you feel full and curb those cravings.
Berries are easy to pack as a snack
I always struggle to make fruit appealing to my son, but a mixture of berries in a container, bursting with colour, always does the trick. He takes a container to creche with raspberries, blueberries and strawberries and it always comes back empty. I also pack a little container for myself to snack on during the day and that comes back empty as well…
Berries can be added to a recipe for healthy sweetness
Berries are so versatile, they can be added to many things for a delicious hit of sweetness. I often add berries to muffins, bread, slices, plain Greek yoghurt and of course my favourite, smoothies. If I make a vanilla or chocolate protein shake at home, ill blend it with a handful of berries to make it extra delicious!
So next time you need a snack or to add a little sweetness, reach for the berries!