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Making the Most of Summer’s Fresh Berries

Many of the healthy foods we want our kids to eat require a bit of convincing and disguise to get our kids to partake. As much as we may dream of it, rare is the child who will pull up to table and beg for plain kale. However, berries are the exception to this need for convincing. Packed with disease-fighting antioxidants, almost all types of berries are considered super foods for their exceptionally high nutritional content.

With summertime upon us, berries are in plentiful supply. These potent and tasty treats are delicious on their own, but give them a try in these simple recipe ideas.

  1. Very Berry Smoothie. Combine a frozen banana with strawberries, blueberries, or any other favorite berries you have on hand. It’s hard to go wrong. Use a milk of your preference to thin to your desired consistency. As an added bonus, the sweet, strong flavor makes it easy to add some greens to the smoothie.
  2. A Better PBJ. No, this recipe does not involve homemade canning. In fact, all you need is a fork. Mash your favorite berry with a fork and then spread evenly over a slice of bread. Pair with a slice with your favorite nut butter for a fresh sandwich without the high fructose syrup jelly brings to the sandwich.
  3. Berry Kabobs. There is something about eating something from a stick that holds great appeal for kids. Stack a variety of summer berries on a stick to create a yummy (and beautiful) kabob. This treat can also be paired with organic yogurt for dipping.

As you enjoy your fresh picked berries this summer, remember that they freeze well too. Rinse and dry berries, and store in an airtight container to be able to enjoy them year round.

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