Healing With Food: Raspberries
Raspberries are one of my favorite fruits to pick up at the farmer's market each week. Not only are they a delicious sweet snack, but they have some incredible heath benefits as well.
Red raspberries are high in beta-carotene, vitamin C, and folate. They also contain a vast array of antioxidants which serve to boost your metabolism and even fight certain diseases. Phytonutrients in these little berries may inhibit the development of several types of cancer, and are great for fighting inflammation in the body. Just make sure to choose the ripe organic option, since research has shown that fully ripe organic fruits are significantly higher in total antioxidant quantity than their nonorganic counterparts.
Eating raspberries may even help your clothes fit a little better. A compound called rheosmin has been proven to stimulate metabolism of fat cells and reduce the absorption of fat. The low-sugar and high-fiber content of raspberries also places them in the low Glycemic Index category, making them a great choice for any healthy diet.
How to eat them? Some of my favorite ways to include raspberries in my diet are to mix them into plain greek yogurt, blend a handful into a smoothie, or sprinkle a little stevia on them as a delicious side with breakfast! For my clients who don't enjoy drinking plain water all day, I have them add some fresh raspberries, lemon, and cucumber to their water bottle for added taste and nutrition. You can even add fresh or dried raspberry leaves to a pot of boiling water to make a tea.
Nature does an amazing job at providing us with delicious and nutritious foods that have the power to heal our bodies in many ways. Begin to ask yourself, how can you use food as medicine in your life?
~ With love ~