March is celebrated as National Nutrition Month® across the United States. Created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the goal of this campaign is to help Americans make more informed food choices, which is something our team at Weight Success Centers LLC in Tampa supports wholeheartedly.
The experts at Weight Success Centers often encourage our patients to add healthy food choices to their diets for overall health. Dietary guidelines from The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggest filling half of each plate of food with fruits and vegetables. Fortunately, the Tampa Bay region is ripe with health food stores and healthy restaurants offering limitless options for specifically adding fresh fruits and veggies to our diets.
Bring on the Berries Tampa Bay
We talk a lot about the fantastic benefits of leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables, but this is a perfect time to highlight the healthy benefits of berries. Floridians recently celebrated the strawberry harvest with their annual Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City, attracting hundreds of thousands of attendees enjoying, music, entertainment, and in-season strawberry delights.
Freshly picked berries provide a low-calorie, nutritional punch of vitamin C, minerals, and antioxidants. Often sweet and sometimes sour, a berry is a small, plump, juicy fruit. Berries come in an array of colors and varieties including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries.
In recent years, other fruits like goji berries and acai berries have grown in popularity for antioxidants and potential cancer-fighting properties.
Discovering the Bountiful Benefits of Berries
Most berries are available in stores year-round, but farmer’s markets fill up with freshly picked berries at different times of the year in certain regions. It’s important to note that seasonal berries are highly perishable. Be sure to clean and enjoy fresh berries within a few days of bringing them home.
If you don’t have time to rinse and quickly prepare fresh berries, it may be more convenient for you to stock up on frozen berries. Fresh or frozen, they make an excellent addition to any smoothie. Dried fruit is also a simple way to get your fix of beneficial berry nutrition.
The physicians and experts at Weight Success Centers hope you enjoy the tasty rewards of nutritious berries this month and throughout the year. Our team is always happy to provide healthy tips and other information about medical solutions and treatments to maintain good health and wellness.
What are your favorite ways to enjoy fresh berries? Share healthy recipes and join the conversation on Weight Success Centers’ social media sites, where you can find more great tips to share with your friends and families.