I like berries, yes I do…

I like berries, how ’bout you?

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I’ve got berries on the brain today… so ya know what?! I am going to share with you 8 FUN ways I like to incorporate berries into my lifestyle. Maybe one will strike your fancy. Or maybe you already have a fun way that you incorporate berries and would like to share. You can always comment, you know.¬† I would give you a gold star.

You ready… let the countdown begin:

  1. Mix frozen berries into a smoothie. This is a given and any berry will do. It takes a ho hum smoothie to ho yum! Just don’t go overboard… you don’t want your smoothie to be ALL fruit. Throw in that spinach too!
  2. Make trail mix with goji berries. I love trail mix, but most store bought trail mixes have a ton of added sugars or candies. I love to buy mixed nuts and throw in a few dark chocolate chips, along with a pinch of dried goji berries. A bag of goji berries can be a bit pricey, but honestly one bag lasts me at least 3 months. Dried cranberries work well too!
  3. Top oatmeal with fresh berries. Do you make your own oatmeal? It can be a bit boring completely plain, right? Throw in a little honey and mixed berries, plus a few sliced almonds or walnuts. Spice it up with cinnamon too. Hello, delish dish!
  4. Let frozen strawberries thaw a tad and pour a bit of plain kefir over it. It’s like a berry delight! I haven’t done this in awhile, but I used to do this in place of dessert and it satisfied my sweet craving. I am a huge cinnamon fan so of course used cinnamon too.
  5. Freshen up water. We all know we need to drink more water, but we don’t always want water. Well, fresh berry water will change your mind a bit. You WILL want water with some fresh blackberries, raspberries, or strawberries mixed in. Plus, it adds pretty color to your water.
  6. Add blueberries to your pancake mix. I like to make a protein pancake every once in awhile (I use a recipe from Tone It Up) and add whole blueberries to the mix when I want a bit of berry goodness. You could add them to any pancake mix I bet. That, or use them as a topping!
  7. Eat them plain. I had to add this. All berries taste so good, even on their own. Wash, slice, and take a bite! Repeat.
  8. Add to your summer time salad. I love berries in a good salad, especially during the summer. One of my favorites is a simple salad with fresh sliced strawberries, sliced almonds, spinach leaves, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Use your favorite dressing. Mine is a dressing by the same name (Brianna’s)… imagine that!

Are you in the mood for some berries yet? Eat ’em up!