People always say that our children may be the youngest and the smallest in the house, but they sure are the hardest to please! Are you looking for some healthy alternatives to add into your family’s diet without the hassle or the “ew” or “I don’t like that!”? If so, you have stopped at the right spot. Three berries that we discuss below can be simple, easy and sneaky additions to your family. Simple recipe ideas, easy to use as a replacements of certain snacks or ingredients and sneaky in the sense that they taste fantastic and you will be able to sneak them into recipes without anyone even knowing! Hey, they might even tell you they like the new recipe better!

 

Hawthorn Berries

These aromatic dried berries have a variety of tastes, depending on the season to please all consumers. The flavour of these berries can range from bland to sweetish tart to very tart. Traditionally, Hawthorn Berries are used to assist with high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, promote the health of the cardiorespiratory system and have also been said to alleviate diarrhea- they really go BEYOND BERRIES! It is very common to avoid using new foods that you do not know much about… but these dried, odd little berries can be used in a variety of different recipes and can even be used to make wine and liqueurs!! Hawthorn berries can also be used to make jams and jellies- and really, whose children don’t love a PP&J Sandwich! Hawthorn Berries are a great source of the B vitamins as well as vitamin C. They are strange looking but have excellent benefits and can be enjoyed by all members of the family!

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Schisandra Berries

Schisandra is also known as Magnolia vine with its ability to grow upwards in a creeping fashion. An ornamental plant found in many fine gardens throughout the world, but native to Asian countries. Its Chinese name is wu-wei-zi, which means five taste fruit-they have an usually sour, sweet, bitter, warm, and salty taste, hence the name “five taste”. Studies suggest that schisandra has the ability to help those that suffer from hepatitis however; more commonly, these berries are used to make beyond flavourful fruit juice-can be enjoyed but kids and they don’t even have to know!! These berries target the liver to assist in detoxification, as well as the brain by helping to improve memory and eyesight.

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Sundried, Wild Mulberries

Mulberries are a sweet, nutritious and refreshing alternative to raisins or other dried berries. They are very tasty and contain 4 grams of protein in just 1/3 of a cup and they are considered a fruit!! Most people think that meat is the best for of protein but “abracadabra”- wave your little finger! Send the little ones off to school with this sweet treat and they will be smiling all the way home… or take to work to get through that oh so common 3 o’clock crash! Mulberries are an excellent snack for all members of the family and offer a great alternative to other processed and sugary treats. Most commonly, these little guys are added into many baked goods such as pies, cobblers, cookies and even pancakes! They really are a win, win berry and go far BEYOND BERRIES!

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Check back next week for another week of super fruit berries and then stay tuned for new and exciting topics to come!

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