We love eating berries any time of the year, but we're especially addicted to all varieties of berries in the summer months—blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries. 😋 Especially because summer berries are fresh and ripe, they not only make a delicious summer snack, but they are also excellent for your health—because if you didn't know, berries are packed with essential nutrients and vitamins.
Here's a breakdown of the dietary benefits for some of our favorite berry varieties:
Blackberries are loaded with vitamin A, C, E, and B. They contain antioxidants (hence the purple coloring) and may even protect against heart disease and cancer, according to some studies. Blackberries are also anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial.
Blueberries are loaded with vitamins, including Vitamin C and K. Because more than 80 percent of a blueberry is of water, it's extremely low in calories (one cup has around 80 calories total). Blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of any fruit or vegetable. They are thought to improve memory, as well as protect you against common diseases, including heart disease and cancer.
Like it's blue and purple cousins, raspberries are high in fiber, antioxidants, and essential vitamins. What sets raspberries apart though is its ability to help protect your eyes against UV damage, as well as blue light rays. This berry is also low in calories at only 64 calories per cup.
Our Favorite Ways to Eat Berries
Not sure how to incorporate berries into your diet this summer (aside from eating them by the handful, of course)? Try using them in an acai bowl, with a drizzle of honey, or in a bowl of hearty oatmeal. If you're comfortable in the kitchen, you can even try whipping up your own elderberry jam!