July is National Berry Month!!  Let me give you a few good reasons to include more berries in your diet:

πŸ“ Berries are loaded with antioxidants (i.e., protection for your cells) which may reduce disease risk

πŸ“ Berries are a good source of fiber, which may help you feel full and eat less!

πŸ“ Berries are rich in several vitamins and minerals, many of which are classified as antioxidants

πŸ“ Berries help fight inflammation (remember the antioxidants?)

πŸ“ Berries are delicious alone or in recipes and are excellent diversions for your sweet tooth!

Berries can be used as toppings, in salads, on-the-go snacks, fresh desserts and in warm meals.  Check out some of the berry-rich recipes which will be featured this month:

Berries & Cream Popsicles
Herbed Cranberry Chicken
Blueberry Mango Smoothie
Berry Balsamic Glazed Salmon
Grilled Peaches and Berries
Blueberry Corn & Basil Quinoa Salad
Nuts about Berries Salad

Berries & Cream Popsicles (From @aubrey_realhousemoms)
What a way to cool down with these low-calorie berry-rich treats!!

Total Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Yields 10 servings

1½ cups non-fat Greek yogurt
5 Tbsp honey
½ tsp vanilla
2 cups frozen mixed berries
¾ cup milk (I used 1%)

1. Mix yogurt, 3 Tbsp honey and vanilla together and place in the refrigerator.
2. Puree berries, milk and remaining 2 Tbsp honey in a blender until smooth.
3. Alternate spooning in yogurt mixture and berry mix in ice pop molds.
4. Freeze for 1-2 hours, add sticks and continue freezing until solid.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories 77, Carbohydrates 14 g, Protein 3 g, Sodium 19 mg, Potassium 88 mg


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