8 Reasons to Love Berries

Now with spring in full swing and summer on the way, outdoor gatherings and picnics are here to stay. For the meantime, anyway. With so many to host and attend, you’ll be racking your brain for quick food inspiration. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Read on to discover why you should serve berries at your next soirée.

Plate Full of Berries
A bowlful of raspberries and blackberries makes for a classy treat.

They’re quick. When planning a party, you’ve got a million things on your to-do list. Berries are a low maintenance food, making hosting that much less stress-inducing. Just give the berries a light wash, unpack them into a charming bowl and serve. It doesn’t get easier than that!

They’re super. A superfood, that is. Berries–all kinds–are packed with antioxidants that help ward off illnesses. Antioxidants are also known to improve your health and combat the adverse effects of aging. Your guests will thank you for keeping their health in mind. Remember, a handful of berries a day keeps the doctor away.

They’re good for the heart. All berries seem to be heart-healthy fruit, but research shows that blueberries may reduce the risk of a heart attack. However, generally speaking, berries are high in fiber, lowering the risk of high cholesterol. Even guests with a family history of heart disease can benefit from this.

They’re juicy. The water content found in berries is high and food with high levels of water make you fuller faster. Since you won’t feel the need to eat as much, berries can aid in weight loss and guests with strict diets will be grateful to find something tasty to snack on.

They’re versatile. Give your guests the gift of creative leeway with a bowlful of berries. Berries can be eaten alone or sprinkled into salads, yogurts, ice creams, and wherever else life takes them. Guests can mix and match for a refreshing bite or to add some texture.

They’ll keep you on your toes. Sort of. Studies show that berries can reduce the rate of mental decline and memory loss, meaning that guests are more likely to remember “that exquisite berry salad” they had at your get-together.

They’ll look great on your table. With such a vibrant array of colors to choose from, berries will add delight and interest to the tabletops upon which they are bestowed.

They’re delicious. Let’s face it. Berries are delicious and with so many different types to choose from, everyone can find something to enjoy.

 

Written by Natalie Echeverria

Photographed by Jaimee Itagaki

Styled by Jacqueline deMontravel


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