Ah, summertime in La Cañada — blue skies, a dip in the pool, barbecuing with the neighbors and —berries! Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries. They are all perfect summertime treats.
Berries are a "high water-content" fruit, perfect for hot weather and keeping your body hydrated. Their high water content also makes them low in calories, so eat them guilt-free. Eaten alone and in the morning, they become a "mini-cleanse" for your system. And since your body's demand for water is at its peak before noon, berries are just the ticket.
They are loaded with antioxidants like vitamin C, carotenoids and folate. But let's not isolate the components of these super foods, because your body doesn't "see" it that way. They are whole foods, and as such, your body uses every part of them — the fiber, the nutrients and the water — every bit of them. They should simply be enjoyed.