Lisa Andrews, MEd, RDN, chose one of our favorite berries to feature this week in her social messaging nuggets. One of our favorite ways to use this fruit is in a blender for smoothies or baked in the oven and then chilled to make jam.
Here are the quick bites to promote fruit and blackberries that you can use in your social messages now!
- Blackberries are a member of the rose family and there are several varieties available.
- Blackberries are in season from June to late August.
- A 3 ½ oz. serving of blackberries contains 43 calories.
- Blackberries are an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C as well as phytochemicals which may help prevent cancer.
- Blackberries can be consumed raw or used in jams, jellies, smoothies or desserts.
- Blackberries are highly perishable and should be consumed within a few days of harvest or purchase.
Judy’s passion for cooking began with helping her grandmother make raisin oatmeal for breakfast. From there she earned her first food service job at 15, was accepted to the world famous Culinary Institute of America at 18 (where she graduated second in her class), and went on to the Fachschule Richemont in Switzerland where she focused on pastry arts and baking. But after learning that the quality of a croissant directly varies with how much butter it has, Judy sought to challenge herself by coming up with recipes that were as healthy as they were tasty.
Judy received The Culinary Institute of America’s Pro Chef II certification, the American Culinary Federation Bronze Medal, Gold Medal, and ACF Chef of the Year. Her enthusiasm for eating nutritiously and deliciously leads her to constantly innovate and use the latest in nutritional science to guide her creativity, from putting new twists on fajitas to adapting Italian brownies to include ingredients like toasted nuts and cooked honey. Judy’s publishing company, Food and Health Communications, is dedicated to her vision that everyone can make food that tastes as good as it is for you.