It’s summertime and the markets are stocked with in-season fruits and veggies. I’ve been noticing a large selection of fresh blackberries at a great price and decided to add some into the mix this week! Here are just a few reasons why snagging some of these seasonal berries may be beneficial to your health plus – an amazing Blackberry Balsamic dressing that is perfect on a fresh summer salad.
They Are Low In Calories: Coming in at just 37 calories per half cup, blackberries are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without throwing you off your daily caloric goals.
They Are High In Fiber: The fiber in blackberries may help control cholesterol and will keep you regular.
They Promote Good Bone Health: Blackberries contain both Vitamin K and magnesium. Together these nutrients play a part in creating strong healthy bones.
They Maintain Eye and Gum Health: The Vitamin A in blackberries helps to maintain good eye health while the vitamin C promotes healthy gums.
Blackberry Balsamic Dressing
Makes 4 servings
1/2 cup ripe blackberries
1/2 Tbsp Agave syrup
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth! Or – mash the berries and mix by hand if you prefer a thicker, chunkier dressing!