Fruity Friday: Surprising Facts About Berries & Recipe Roundup

by TaylorR

I have a Friday tradition that I have been doing for almost 2 years. 

Each Friday, I stop by my favorite coffee shop between boot camps and order the same thing: 

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An almond milk latte and a giant fruit plate.

Single Smile Cafe (in Summerville for my local readers) is a charming shop and I love that they know exactly what I want and how I want it.

And I have to say, they have the best lattes and freshest fruit! I don’t just mean in the area, I mean out of every where (because yes, I have tried every coffee shop). 

Seriously, if you’re ever here let me know and I’ll take you to my little secret coffee shop! 

Moving on…

Let’s talk fruit.

I eat a lot of it!  Just check out my Instagram feed and you’ll see a #fruityfriday picture like the one above every single week. The rest of the days, I enjoy either an apple or a pile of fresh berries to satisfy my sweet cravings.

With berries in season right now, they are absolutely incredible! Nothing compares to a fresh off the plant strawberry from the market. So much more flavorful than store bought. I’m addicted.

Because of my open fruit addiction, I thought it would be fun to start a “Fruity Friday” post, sharing some fun information on my favorite food. 

Yes? 

To kick off the fruity fun, let’s start with berries since they’re “fresh” on my mind (see how I did that?). 

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Berry Fun Facts

  • 8 strawberries contain more Vitamin C than a medium sized orange!
  • Berries are rich in nitrates which helps increase blood flow and oxygen to your muscles! Of course this could help muscle recovery post exercise!
  • Strawberry juice mixed with honey can reduce pain and inflammation when rubbed on sunburn. Forget the aloe!
  • Strawberries are the only fruit in the world with seeds on the outside.
  • Tannins in dark berries can help oral hygiene.
  • Eating 2 – 2.5 cups of blueberries can help improve memory and cognitive function!

Berry-Licious Recipes

Here are a few amazing berry recipes that are worth giving a go!

Raspberry Peanut Butter

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Chocolate Lava Strawberry Cake (Vegan)

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Berry Basil Lemon Vinaigrette (CotterCrunch.Com)

Berry Breakfast Quinoa (TheLeanGreenBean.Com)

Golden Berry Pancakes (PurelyTwins.Com)

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Blueberry Almond Chia Squares (OhSheGlows.Com)

Strawberry Cream Protein Shake (Itzlinz.Com)

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What’s your favorite berry?
If you have a great recipe, please share!

Personally, I LOVE fresh strawberries but right up there would be blackberries. As a kid, we would pick raspberries all day and then make fresh cobbler with them. So good.

 

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Linz @ Itz Linz May 16, 2014 at 5:03 am

strawberries are my favorite, for sure, but i love all berries! thanks for the link love!

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TaylorR May 17, 2014 at 6:37 am

Of course! Thanks for the smoothie :)

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine May 16, 2014 at 5:58 am

Blueberries are the best! It is amazing how sweet and creamy frozen blueberries can make a smoothie!

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TaylorR May 17, 2014 at 6:37 am

My husbands fav are blueberries too, he’s addicted to blue shakes! Yum!

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Sheena May 16, 2014 at 7:31 am

I love Strawberry picking!! I eat so many, it usually ends up “one for the bucket, one for me” and they’re so delicious fresh off the plant, mmmm! The season is in another month here so I’ll just have to dream and drool for another 4 weeks or so :)

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TaylorR May 17, 2014 at 6:37 am

I’ve never been! I know that’s terrible, I gotta get on that especially since so many places do it here!

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Sheena May 17, 2014 at 8:22 am

Oh my goodness you definitely do! It tastes so much better fresh off the plant :D It’s an annual family event for us!!

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TaylorR May 17, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Fun!

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lindsay May 16, 2014 at 8:01 am

i always love your fruity friday instagram posts! and now this! gah, YUM!

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TaylorR May 17, 2014 at 6:38 am

Haha, thanks!

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Abi@AbsofSteel May 16, 2014 at 8:06 am

Strawberries are my favorite too but when it comes to fresh berries there is nothing like eating ripe raspberries right off the vine!

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TaylorR May 17, 2014 at 6:38 am

I agree, to me raspberries seem a bit more special!

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Jojo @ RunFastEatLots May 16, 2014 at 8:38 am

I love blackberries and always enjoy picking them in the summer!

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TaylorR May 17, 2014 at 6:38 am

Yes! They are so good in a bowl of fresh sliced peaches!

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Jaclyn @ BumpSweat May 16, 2014 at 8:58 am

Want to hear something crazy that blew my mind this morning?!? Strawberries are apparently not technically a berry, while bananas are. Now, I just read that and haven’t taken the time to look into it, but whoa! if that’s really true :)

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TaylorR May 17, 2014 at 6:39 am

I heard that too, because of the seeds I guess? Must research this one!

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean May 16, 2014 at 9:09 am

Thanks for the link love, girl! happy friday!

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TaylorR May 17, 2014 at 6:39 am

Of course!

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Erica May 16, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Your fruit plates always look amazing! I must try that spot

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TaylorR May 17, 2014 at 6:39 am

Yes, I’ll meet you there one day!

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Cat May 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm

What a great recipe round up! I have a silly amount of tabs open right now ;) Love strawberries, but blackberries are my number 1!

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TaylorR May 17, 2014 at 6:40 am

Haha, enjoy them! SO delicious!

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purelytwins May 16, 2014 at 9:52 pm

mmm we have been eating lots of strawberries lately

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TaylorR May 17, 2014 at 6:40 am

Yes N Carolina and S Carolina strawberries are so good right now!

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