Summer is the peak time to enjoy locally harvested, fresh berries. These berries taste and look different than berries you can get in the middle of winter: they are more vibrant in color and depth of flavor. Take advantage and make these dishes!
If you need another reason to stock up on berries any time of the year, consider this. Berries are packed with fiber, unique antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Research has shown a higher intake of berries is associated with a lower risk for cardiovascular disease.
Most adults, depending on age, activity level, etc, should get between 1.5 – 2 cups of fruit per day. However, it is estimated only 1 in 10 American adults get the recommended fruits and vegetable servings per day.
TIP: Stock up on fresh, local berries when they are in season. Store them in the freezer so you can enjoy them throughout the year in smoothies, oatmeal, pancakes, muffins, yogurt, etc.
The following are easy, healthy ways to enjoy fresh berries this summer. Many berry recipes can use either fresh or frozen berries.