Berries may be small in size, but never underestimate them – blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries are big on powerful antioxidants, that your body will thank you for.

Fresh, frozen, dried or powdered – berries are a nutritional powerhouse no matter how they are eaten. Health experts are now claiming that the antioxidants in berries can help improve your health, skin and hair, and prevent certain diseases.

Strawberries – These popular berries are an excellent source of vitamin C. One serving is nearly half of your daily vitamin requirements. Vitamin C promotes good eye health, helps fight cancer and keeps wrinkles at bay.

Raspberries – The Australian raspberry season has arrived. These babies are high in dietary fibre, low in calories and again – enriched with vitamin C. Raspberries also serve as a natural treatment for arthritis.

Blueberries – The little member of the berry family is made up of 85% water. Their potent antioxidants help with memory loss and eye problems. They are also a great choice in any dietary or weight loss plan.

Blackberries – Also composed of over 85% water, blackberries are a great source of folate. Folate is a B vitamin to help maintain healthy hair and cardiovascular disease.

Now that you know the benefits of eating berries on their own, we have compiled the best of our berry-themed recipes so you can include them in guilt-free cooking!

Blueberry crumble

A healthy dessert for the summer and winter months/

Raspberry, spinach and Persian feta salad

An impressive salad for the New Year – shed that post-Christmas bulge!

French toast with vanilla, summer berries and double cream

A breakfast treat for the sweet-toothed, thanks to Gary Johnson.

Berry blast yoghurt parfait

Spicy muesli combined with colourful fruit and yoghurt.

Chocolate tart with strawberries

A dessert to delight your dinner party guests.

Berry Yoghurt Swirl Popsicles

A family-friendly treat on a summer’s day

Raspberry, blackberry & yoghurt jelly cups

A dessert for entertaining this holiday season

Summer trifle

An easy trifle recipe thanks to Gary Mehigan

Matthew Hayden’s summer pudding

A family favourite full of juicy summer fruits

Indulgent chocolate & raspberry brownie

A decadent and delicious, moist brownie

 

What’s your favourite recipe for Australian berries? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @bmagbrisbane !