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Summer is in full swing, so it’s time to enjoy the vast array of fruit and veggies available during the warmer months – including the delicious and humble raspberries.

Raspberries are a popular berry, most commonly enjoyed in their red form, although there are also white and purple raspberries available. Like most members of the berry family, they’re low in kilojoules yet packed with a generous dose of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Blood sugar control

With just 260 kilojoules of energy per cup and a whopping 8g of fibre, raspberries are a great food for blood sugar control and weight loss. The fibre helps slow down digestion, allowing a slow and steady release of energy to prevent unwanted spikes in blood sugar levels. In addition, raspberries contain tannins, which block the digestive enzymes necessary for breaking down starch. This results in a decreased number of carbohydrates – and consequently sugars – being absorbed.

Looking for a little motivation to spice up your lunch? Check out this yummy poached chicken, broad bean and apple salad with toasted seeds recipe.

Prevention of ageing

One cup of raspberries also contains more than 50% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, a vitamin and antioxidant that acts to boost collagen production, preventing the formation of fine lines as well as reversing the damage to skin caused by harmful UV rays.

Best enjoyed

While raspberries are delicious as they ate, they also make a great topping for yoghurt and cereal, incorporated into baking and even as the hero ingredient in sauces used on fish or meat.

If raspberries aren’t quite to your liking, perhaps you should give blackberries a go. We have a blackberry smoothie bowl recipe to excite the taste buds, plus it’s super easy to make. You can get the recipe here.

If you want to focus on your health and training in 2020, speak to our Fernwood Food Coaches about personalised nutrition and meal plans.

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