Blackberries Aren't Just for Summer
By Donna Stark
For many of us, blackberries are a tell-tale sign that summer has arrived. They can be found by the bushels at your local farmers market, your favorite roadside stand, or the grocery store right down the street. In fact, they are in such abundance during the warmer months of the year that many people take the time to freeze them, so when winter comes around, they are still able to enjoy those sweet little bites of goodness. If you planned ahead, you may have done the same, but if you didn't get the chance to do so, I would encourage you to look for them in your grocer's freezer aisle. Because in addition to having a taste of summer during the long, winter months, you will also be able to score some pretty incredible health benefits.
Benefits of Blackberries
These amazing, pint-sized bits of sweetness shouldn't only be enjoyed during the few short months of summer. No, they are too delicious and definitely too nutritious to not be eaten year-round. So head on over to your local grocery store and pick up a bag of frozen blackberries. Your body will thank you for it because the nutritional punch they offer is pretty impressive. Take a look.
- High in fiber - One cup of blackberries provides nearly a third of the recommended amount of fiber you should consume in a day. Fiber is important for maintaining cholesterol and blood sugar levels, a healthy weight, and optimal digestive function.
- Rich in Vitamin C - One cup of blackberries will also help you get about half of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C, and what could be more important than getting enough Vitamin C during the winter's infamous cold and flu season?
- Supports bone health - Blackberries may not be known for supporting bone health, but isn't it great that they do? They help maintain healthy bones and joints by encouraging optimal absorption of calcium and supporting the production of collagen.
- Encourages brain function - Protect your brain with a handful of these antioxidant powerhouses every day! Blackberries help to reduce the risk of cognitive decline, memory loss, and poor coordination.
- Promotes a healthy heart - Blackberries are a heart-healthy fruit and by adding them to your winter diet, you can reduce the risk of heart disease and regulate your blood pressure even more.
How to Add Blackberries to Your Winter Diet
You can add frozen blackberries to baked oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt parfaits, and cobblers. You can even make homemade jam or add them to the pitcher of water you keep in the refrigerator. The options are endless, but if you run out of ideas, you know exactly where to look for more just pull out those favorite summertime recipes!
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