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5 Reasons for Raspberries

5 Reasons for Raspberries

A perfect summer snack

Summertime is raspberry time! These sweet little fruits are a tasty treat that you can enjoy anywhere, at any time: as a snack in between meals, as a berry-based dessert and of course for any al fresco outings. Simple and divinely fresh, they are also extremely versatile. Here we reveal 5 reasons why raspberries are the perfect snack for right now and why they should be part of your snack time all summer long!

1.    Summer health boost:  Aromatic with a deliciously sweet and sour taste, raspberries are low in calories and provide fruit fans with important vitamins and nutrients during the summer months. They are an excellent source of vitamins A, B, C and K and minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron. They also contain antioxidants, which help to protect your cells. Above all, their vitamin C content is impressive: 1 cup or 123g has 35% your daily value! Vitamin C helps build connective tissue, cartilage and bone tissue, enhances the absorption of iron from your food and of course strengthens your immune system. So, we are doing our bodies a real favor by choosing raspberries as a summer snack.

2.    Sweet, sweet hydration:  When the sun is beating down and temperatures are rising, our bodies need plenty of water. At this time of the year, you should be drinking at least 2 liters a day as sweating causes your body to lose important minerals, potentially resulting in headaches, dizziness and reduced responsiveness. The good news is that fruit and vegetables also contain plenty of water and help to meet your daily needs! Raspberries are a no brainer when temperatures are rising.  They have a particularly high water content of more than 84.5%. Our advice is to fill a container with fresh raspberries and store it in a cooler for picnics, bike trips or a day at the park. For an upgraded “water” beverage, mix a few ice cubes, raspberries and some mineral water in a glass. This refreshing combination is guaranteed to encourage you to drink!

3.    Creative summer pleasure:  Another reason why raspberries are the perfect summer snack: they are incredibly versatile! We recommend our raspberry smoothie with algae for an invigorating start to a summer’s day. A creamy dream in green and pink! Our raspberry and almond granola bars are a handy and crunchy treat to have on hand for all excursions and adventures. These homemade power bars have what it takes to be a favorite food. Want to feast on something fruity on those balmy summer evenings? This Raspberry and Brie Crostini will do the trick. Such a simple summer appetizer for last minute guests!  See, aren’t raspberries are a creative ingredient in making life sweet?

4.    Tasty support for your digestion:  Raspberries are excellent for our digestive system, as 100 g of raspberries contain almost 7 g of fiber. In addition to water-soluble fiber, they also contain insoluble fiber, such as lignin and cellulose. These are found mainly in the small seeds in the fruit and help us to digest food as efficiently as possible. A high intake of fiber can reduce the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. The fiber in raspberries also helps to keep us feel full for longer. A truly fruity all-rounder!

5.    Frozen refreshment on hot days:  Did you know you can freeze fresh raspberries?  The best thing to do is to freeze the fruit on the same day that you buy it. Wash the raspberries carefully, lay them out on a paper towel lined plate and pat dry.  Place them in the freezer for at least one hour. You can then put the frozen raspberries in a freezer bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months. The advantage of this is that you always have a supply of these delicious treats and the ice-cold berries taste delicious particularly during the summer – on their own, in a smoothie or in homemade iced teas. Berrylicious!

Published August 1, 2021

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