rasperries

Raspberries: “Nature’s candy”

Raspberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber.

These red berries contain powerful antioxidants that fight against cancer, heart and circulatory disease. Raspberries are high in ellagic acid which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.

redberry

Some of my friends freeze this fruit and call it “nature’s candy.” It’s rich color and sweet juicy taste definitely makes it seem like a candy. Raspberries range in color from red and black varieties to purple, yellow, or golden. Each color has a unique composition of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

box berry

The fiber and water content in raspberries helps to prevent constipation and maintain a healthy digestive tract. Eating one cup of raw raspberries will provide 54 percent of your vitamin C needs, 12 percent of vitamin K, 6 percent of folate, 5 percent of vitamin E, iron, and potassium, and 41 percent of manganese needs for the day.

To help increase your raspberry consumption try adding the frozen berries to smoothies, add fresh berries to oatmeal or cereal, puree the berries to form a topping for parfaits, desserts or bread.

raspberry-smoothie

Love, FitTeen Maddy

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