Recently, I’ve been making a conscious effort to increase my antioxidants naturally through the foods I’m eating. Of all fruits berries are among the highest in antioxidants. Lately, I’m loving berries and I’m seeing a noticeable difference in my energy levels.
Benefits of Berries
- Berries contain polyphenolics which assist in the cleanup of toxins in damaged cells.
- Berries contain high levels of phytochemicals which protect cells from damage.
- Berries have a high fiber content which can provide a sense of fullness and is beneficial for weight loss.
- Berries contain anthocyanins a chemical compound which is known for crossing the blood barrier and can prevent loss of cognitive function and mental decline.
- Berries can contribute to the prevention of Parkinson’s disease.
- Berries have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, even in higher risk patients.
- Eating berries around exercise times can prevent inflammation in an athlete’s body and reduce the amount of (DOM’s), delayed onset muscle soreness syndrome.
Give your body a powerful blast of antioxidants with my top Beastly picks below:
- 1 cup cooked oatmeal, stir in 1 scoop protein powder, top with ½ cup berries.
- 1 cup dry oats, 1 scoop protein powder, ½ cup berries, water, blend.
- 1 cup cooked oatmeal, topped with fresh berries and a side of egg whites.
- Top your yogurt or salad with fresh berries.
- Mix berries and nuts.
- Top tapioca pudding with 1 cup fresh berries.
Beastly Recipe Notes
- Oats have smaller amounts of antioxidants, but small doses over time have big benefits.
- For protein shakes, replace ice cubes with frozen fruit.
- Fresh is best, but frozen is acceptable.
- Select berries that are organic and free of pesticides.
- Always rewash berries, even if the label says, ‘prewashed.’
Check back later this week for my energizing Berry Blast Smoothie. For a list of berries from A-Z click here.
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