Blackberries – Nature’s Power House

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Summertime, it really is one of the best times of year.  The days are longer, so we can stay moving and active outside longer.   The temperatures are warmer so it invites us to jump into the pool or lake to cool off after all the fun things we are doing outside… With the warmer temps of our area, we are blessed with an amazing growing season.  One of the things I get most excited about with summer is the delicious goodies that the ground, plants, and trees provide for us. 
 
Right now delicious nutritious blackberries are ripe for the picking.  Why are Blackberries so AMAZING?
 

Benefits of Blackberries:

  • Blackberries are loaded with vitamin C.
  • Blackberries supply us with  Vitamins  A, E, K and B.
  • Blackberries are A nice low calorie snack (added bonus!!)
  • Did you know that these beauties are full of antioxidants such as Lutein and Zeaxanthin which are amazing eye support.
  • Blackberries also help us with the aging process. 
 
So after all that, they sound absolutely perfect, or as close to perfect as they can be, right?
 

The one downfall of blackberries? 

They contain fructose.  Something we want to consume in moderation. They are meant to be enjoyed in small amounts and not over indulge.   (Sorry Caleb, you can’t eat ALL the Blackberries!)
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Recipes for Blackberries

 

Blackberry vinaigrette:

 
3/4 fresh blackberries (rinsed)
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
pinch of pepper
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (I use Braggs)
pinch of cinnamon
1 tsp of honey (use local where possible)
 
Toss it all into some type of blender.
I enjoy this on a nice kale and spinach salad. Add some fresh strawberries and some slice almonds for a little crunch. 
 

Easy Blackberry syrup

 
1 cup of fresh blackberries
1Tbsp of honey (local when possible)
1/4 cup or less of water 
 
* you may add a dash of cinnamon also
 
Heat the water in a sauce pan then add the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a quick boil then simmer until you have a nice syrup. This can be used along with a whole grain pancake for a special treat. 
 
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