It is summer time and that means it is berry season! Kids love to eat berries freshly picked off of the vine or right out of the box from the store. The four most popular berries are strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. They are naturally sweet and very versatile when incorporating them into recipes.
You may have memories of spending long summer days picking just the perfect plump juicy berries and taking them home to bake a pie with your mom. Perhaps you enjoy making berry smoothie with some ice and milk. Topping your cereal with them in the morning is another delicious way to enjoy these little delights. If you don’t have berries in your neighborhood, there are many berry farms that are opening their gates to families to come pick there own to take home and enjoy. It can be a really great family day activity.
There are many health benefits to eating these vitamin packed fruits. Berries are full of antioxidants that are very important to living a healthy lifestyle. Studies have shown that a diet rich in antioxidants can help slow heart disease, diabetes and cancer among other diseases by protecting cells, reducing inflammation of cells and preventing cell damage. If we can teach our children about a healthy diet and the life long effects of a healthy lifestyle at a young age then they will most certainly be ahead of the game.
Berries can also be found in a variety of prepared foods such as yogurt, snack bars, frozen treats, drinks, even cottage cheese. They can also be found dried by themselves or in a yummy granola mix. Enjoying them right of the vine after you have searched high and low for them is the most rewarding way to appreciate this wonderful fruit. The berry season does not last forever, but always comes again next year. Why wait a year, get out there today and start picking!