5 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Berries

Fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are among summer’s most delectable treats and an excellent source of fiber, as well as vitamin C, and other disease-fighting antioxidants. On the South Beach Diet, you can enjoy berries beginning on Phase 2. :

Berry Basics
At the supermarket or farmers’ market, choose dry, plump, and brightly colored berries with no obvious rotten spots. Avoid containers with juice stains — this is a sign that the berries either have been mishandled or are overripe. Also be on the lookout for mold — it travels like wildfire through berries, so avoid containers with signs of this blue-gray blight. After you've brought home your berries, store them unwashed in the refrigerator in a covered container. Fresh berries don't last long and are best used within a few days of purchase. Berries can also be stored in the freezer for up to four months; just spread the berries out on a cookie tray and freeze before consolidating into a smaller container or resealable plastic bag.

Here are 5 fun ways to enjoy berries this summer:

  • Prepare a yogurt parfait, layering nonfat plain Greek yogurt or low-fat or nonfat flavored yogurt with berries of your choice.
  • Add grilled berries to a salad of grilled veggies and chicken or beef (use a grill topper to make sure the berries don’t fall through the grate). Serve over romaine lettuce, mesclun, or fresh spinach.
  • Create a strawberry-avocado salsa and serve it as a topping for grilled chicken, fish, or shrimp. Or, purée strawberries with a South Beach Diet–friendly barbecue sauce and brush the sauce on your favorite grilled lean meat or poultry toward the end of cooking.
  • Dip strawberries in semisweet or bittersweet dark chocolate for a decadent dessert.
  • Whip up a refreshing summer smoothie with fat-free or low-fat milk, nonfat plain Greek yogurt, and frozen mixed berries. Or, concoct a cool summer “sparkler” by mixing fresh lime juice, seltzer, and some of your favorite berries. Add a natural no-calorie sweetener, if desired.

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