The Power of Berries! Guest Post from Susie R.

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berries-300x204 Supplement your training with BERRIES! Adding berries into your daily diet will help you build strength, sustain energy, and recover faster. The antioxidants in berries such as vitamins A, C, and E help protect against oxidative stress that builds up in the body during strenuous exercise and workouts.  Berries contain some of the highest amounts of antioxidants. There are many different varieties of berries.  Try throwing them into your post-workout smoothie or just eating as a snack with some raw nuts.  Anyway you can get in about 1 cup of berries in a day is great! NOTE: Berries are some of the most highly sprayed with pesticide fruits and therefore are on the “dirty dozen” list.  They contain high amounts of pesticide residue.  Washing does not remove these harmful pesticides.  For that reason berries should be purchased organic if possible. If not in season try checking out the freezer in your grocery store.  You can usually find frozen organic berries year round (just make sure there are no added sugars)!

ACAI

 
  • May promote effective weight loss due to high antioxidant levels.
  • 111 CALORIES PER CUP
 

BLACKBERRY

 
  • Increase collagen production and beautify complexion
  • 62 CALORIES PER CUP
 

BLUEBERRY

  • Improve memory
  • Lower bad cholesterol and regulate blood sugar
  • 84 CALORIES PER CUP
 

CRANBERRY

 
  • Promotes cardiovascular health and protects the liver
  • Helps prevent UTI’s
  • 46 CALORIES PER CUP

RASPBERRY

  • Heals digestive distress
  • 64 CALORIES PER CUP

STRAWBERRY

  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Decreases inflammation
  • 46 CALORIES PER CUP
NOTE: We are thrilled to have Susie R., a holistic health coach, athlete, wellness junkie and “real-food” activist provide this guest post on the power of berries. Be sure to check out her blog Real Food Real Fitness.

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