X is for extremely juicy berries. Some of the most popular berries include strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and cranberries. They are all delicious and nutritious, packed full of vitamins, antioxidants and fibre which are important in overall health and wellbeing. They come in a wide range of shapes and colours and are a popular fruit with little ones as they’re easy to hold and have a scrumptious sweet flavour. They are also very versatile and can be enjoyed in a number of different ways… fresh, frozen and dried (as well as in smoothies, homemade icy poles, in salads and simply on their own!)
Thankfully even fussier little eaters tend to enjoy berries – making them a delicious and nutrient dense snack and lunch box addition.
DID YOU KNOW?
Scientists have linked regular blueberry munching with a better memory!
Strawberries are a member of the rose family and are the only fruit where the seeds appear on the outside.
In Belgium there is an entire museum dedicated to strawberries : Musée de la Fraise
In ancient Rome, they believed that strawberries had medicinal properties and strawberries were believed to treat fever, bad breath and even sore throats!
Raspberries contain (per gram) more vitamin C than oranges.
Just half a cup of raspberries provides 25% of the recommended daily requirement of vitamin C!
- There are more than 200 species of raspberries… and they come in different colours too – including purple, black and even gold.
WHY ARE BERRIES SO GOOD FOR YOU?
1- They are high in antioxidants and a rich source of vitamins, fibre, folate and amino acids.
2- They are a brilliant source of vitamin C and K and as well as vitamins of the B group. These are good for disease immunity, cell development and growth as well as support of an active lifestyle.
3- Berries are also a great source of the minerals calcium, potassium and manganese which promote healthy growth and bone density.
4- They have a high percentage water content, making them great for hydration snacks on the go in warm weather, too.
Below we have a fun berry craft idea on how to make “Magical Berry Trees” as well as a delicious, simple and allergy friendly recipe (coming shortly). They are fun ways to celebrate berries, to talk about their texture, their taste and why they are so good for us and important in our diets!