Nutrient-rich berries are some of the absolute best sources of antioxidants. There are several powerful antioxidants that appear in berries, including anthocyanins, quercetin, and vitamin C. Anthocyanins give berries their vibrant color, reduce inflammation, and may help prevent and manage arthritis. Anthocyanins work together with quercetin to help slow age-related memory loss. Quercetin can also decrease the inflammatory effects of chemicals in the synovial fluid of the joints for people with inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Look for blueberries, blackberries, red raspberries and strawberries at your local Farmers Market. We love Green Thumb in Watermill for organic berries.
Super Berry Summer Salad
5 cups chopped greens of choice (baby spinach or a spring mix work particularly well)
1 cup strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons honey mustard
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup raw pecans, toasted (you can also drizzle with maple syrup when toasting to candy them)
In a large bowl, toss greens with strawberries and blueberries. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, honey mustard and vinegar. Drizzle dressing over salad and sprinkle with toasted nuts. Enjoy!
Summer Berry Sorbet
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1-2 rings dried pineapple (wash off any sugar)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 peeled, seedless orange or 2 peeled clementines
1 teaspoon ground flax or chia seeds
Blend orange until liquid. Gradually add the frozen berries, dried pineapple, vanilla, and flax until you achieve a sorbet-like consistency.