Fruity Friday: Surprising Facts About Berries & Recipe Roundup

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.

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