Making The Most Of Summer’s Fresh Berries

With summertime upon us, berries are in plentiful supply. Natures nutritious candy is already tasty on it’s own, but give these recipes a try for a whole new take on this beloved summertime food.


1. Very Berry Smoothie. Combine a frozen banana with 1 cup of strawberries, blueberries, or any of your other favorite berry you have on hand. It’s difficult to go wrong here. Add approximately a 1/2 cup milk of your choice, and blend until a desired consistency is reached. Due to the strong sweet flavor of the fruit, it’s easy to slip in some spinach or kale to this smoothie without even picking up on it’s taste!


2. A Better PB&J. Don’t worry, this recipe does not involve homemade canning. In fact, all you need is a fork! Mash your favorite berry with a fork and spread it evenly over a slice of bread. Pair it with a couple tablespoons of nut butter for a more nutritious take on this classic sandwhich (lower in added sugar and higher in fiber!).


3. Berry Kebabs. There’s something about eating off a stick that appeals to kids (corndogs, popsicles, etc.). Stack a variety of summer berries on a kebab stick to create a yummy (and beautiful) snack. This treat can also be paired with Greek yogurt or nut butter for dipping!


As you enjoy your fresh picked berries this summer, remember that they freeze well, too. Rinse and dry berries, and store them in an airtight container so you can enjoy them year around!