Naturally Sweet

As you plan your weekly menus, don’t forget the bounty of berries. Fresh, flavorful, and abundant, this deceptively tiny food packs huge nutrition benefits. The deep, vibrant colors of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries showcase their rich doses of antioxidants. And they’re high in fiber, too.

So indulge your sweet tooth with these easy recipes:

Get saucy. To prepare a delicious topping, heat a cup of berries and a teaspoon or 2 of honey over medium-high heat until they begin to break down (about 10 minutes). Add another cup of fruit and cook, stirring often, for another 8-10 minutes. Ladle the warm sauce over sherbet, angel food cake, or even pork chops.

Make it cool and crisp. Spoon berries onto vanilla yogurt and top with low-fat granola.

Give it a whirl. Set up an assembly line of fruit, yogurt, honey, ice, and cinnamon, then invite everyone to concoct their own smoothies.

Whether you sauce them, mix them, whip them, or just pop them into your mouth, nature’s candy are a tasty, anytime treat.

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