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To give yourself a healthy dose of antioxidants, put berries in your shopping cart on a weekly basis. Any berries (including raspberries and blackberries) are healthy, but blueberries are especially high in antioxidants called anthocyanins, which may fight off Alzheimer's disease and certain cancers, and they have also been associated with muscle repair; a plus for any women's diet, especially active women.
Berries make great ingredients in a fruit smoothie (and you can even toss frozen berries right into the blender; no need to thaw them first). But don't stop there; you can mix them into yogurt or ice cream or just eat them by the handful. And berries make great low-calorie snacks. Most berries weigh in at just 60 calories per cup, so you can enjoy them guilt-free.
Fresh berries are wonderful when they are in season at your local farmer's market, but frozen berries are just as nutritious as their fresh counterparts. And they will keep in the freezer for up to 9 months, so they are always ready to eat.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|