Raspberries are probably my favorite kind of all berries because you can only get them for a limited time in the summer, at least locally grown, and I love the sweetness and taste of fresh local raspberries. It’s really hard for me to cook or prepare anything with them because I usually end up eating the whole pack just as I go. If I can resist, I love them in the morning in my overnight bowl or porridge or in homemade chia jam. You can also make the best sauces with raspberries, which taste great with things like pancakes or waffles.
Health Benefits of Raspberries:
- Raspberries are packed with essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, E & K as well as minerals mangenese and copper, resulting in strong bones and metabolism.
- They also contain lots of fiber which may help regulate blood sugar levels, and keep you satisfied and full for hours.
- As all berries, they are also loaded with antioxidants which protect our cells from oxidative stress. This may lower the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer or diabetis type-2.
- Raspberries contain certain phytonutrients that have been shown to manage blood sugar levels. The phytonutrients block a certain enzyme that breaks down starches into sugars in our cells. The sugar is normally transferred into our blood stream resulting in an increased blood sugar level. Eating raspberries can block this enzyme and regulate blood sugar levels.
- A regulated blood sugar level can reduce fat inducing insulin spikes, which can lead to energy crashes and mood swings.
ACAI AND BERRY SMOOTHIE BOWL
Acai is one of my favorite superfoods. If you compare it to other superfoods like maca or baobab, acai is definitely the best tasting superfood out there. It really tastes like a berry, which is perfect in this smoothie bowl. If you don’t know what smoothie bowls are, I will get to that in a second. First, let me tell you a little bit more about acai. As most superfoods, acai comes from South America, especially from Brazil.
RASPBERRY CHIA PUDDING
It seems like chia pudding is everyone’s favorite on the blog. Beside from overnight oats or porridge, it’s my favorite breakfast dish. It’s also so heavenly versatile, as you can add whatever you like to it. This version with rasberries and bananas is my new favorite. It only takes a couple of minutes to prepare, and then you just let it sit in the fridge over night. Is there anything better than to eat a pink breakfast in the morning?