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The Super Fruit Nutrients You Need

NUTRIENTS FROM THE NORTH

While most people tend to think of Canada as a frozen tundra, there are actually many nutritious foods that can be grown in the country.

One such food is Saskatoon Berries. These tiny berries are packed with vitamins and minerals that help you get through your day with increased energy and vitality.

Let’s talk about Canada’s Superfruit:

The Saskatoon Berry.

Saskatoon berries have been used in the Canadian prairies for centuries. Indigenous Aboriginals of Canada have been long-time users of Saskatoon Berries not only for their nutritional value but also for their medical benefits. These berries are eaten fresh, used as ingredients for soups and stews and, of course, used when making pemmican. The leaves and fruit have also been used to make herbal teas.

You must be wondering

 

“Okay, but how can Saskatoon Berries contribute to my personal health?”

 

> Let’s get into it. 

 

 

NUTRIENTS – A DELICIOUS GIFT COURTESY OF SASKATOON BERRIES

 

Vitamins & Minerals

Vitamins and minerals are essential for healthy body function. They help your organs do their jobs, from building muscle to regulating hormone production. Your body needs vitamins and minerals to maintain a healthy immune system and nervous system, as well as keep your bones strong.

In order to stay healthy, it’s important that we get the right balance of nutrients in our diets every day—but getting enough vitamins and minerals isn’t always easy when food is so processed nowadays! To make sure you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs daily, try consuming Saskatoon Berries (also called serviceberries or juneberries). These little fruits pack quite the nutritional punch: they contain over 26 essential nutrients including vitamin C which helps maintain healthy skin cells so you look younger! Other notable benefits include reducing inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory properties found within its antioxidants known as anthocyanins which may lead us towards better overall health outcomes later down the road.

Vitamins and minerals you can expect in a Saskatoons-filled diet include…

      • Calcium 
      • Iron
      • Magnesium 
      • Fibre
      • Vitamin C & E

Increased Energy & Vitality

You want to look and feel good.
You want to be at your peak performance in all areas of life.
You want to boost energy levels naturally, without causing a crash later on in the day.

If you agree with any of these statements, then you are on the right track! Saskatoon berries have been shown to have many energy-effecting benefits including: increased energy, improved stamina and vitality, boosted immune system function (by helping fight off illness), anti-inflammatory effects (which can reduce pain) balanced blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol levels and more!

 

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are compounds that help fight free radicals, which are molecules that damage cells and can cause many diseases.

Free radicals can be caused by pollution in the environment, smoking or even stress. When you’re exposed to these harmful substances, your body produces its own free radicals in an attempt to neutralize them.

The phytonutrients found in Saskatoon berries are compounds found in plants that protect them from environmental stresses such as heat and cold. These same compounds have been shown to protect human cells against free radical damage and can reduce the risk of certain diseases such as cancer and heart disease. 

Read more on their health properties.

 

Digestion

This Canadian super fruit can help improve digestion, as well as the absorption of nutrients. It is often used to aid in the treatment of constipation and diarrhea.

In fact, some people have even found that Saskatoon berries can reduce symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

 

Weight Management

The low-calorie count of Saskatoon berries makes them an excellent item to add to your grocery list when looking for weight management-appropriate foods—just 100 grams contains only 66 calories! And because they’re high in fibre (3 grams per 100 grams), these little fruits can help you feel fuller longer after eating them—which may lead you to eat less additional unnecessary calories overall throughout the day.

 

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Meal & Snack Ideas

Here are some simple meal and snack ideas that not only taste great, but are great for you!

 

Saskatoon Berry Trail Mix

Simply mix together your favourite nuts and add some dried Saskatoon berries! Psst… If you want a little extra treat, add some Dark Chocolate Covered Saskatoon Berries too! (Find them in-store at one of our local retailers)

 

Dried Saskatoon Berries 

A quick and easy snack you can eat right out of the bag. 

 

Saskatoon Berry Salad

Mix lettuce, cucumber, pan-friend Brussel sprouts, cherry tomatoes, and throw in some Saskatoon berries dried or fresh! Top with your favourite dressing, and enjoy. 

Time Save: Make it even easier by purchasing a pre-packed salad kit and add berries to boost. 

 

Saskatoon Berry Smoothie

Add Prairie Berries Fibre Boost, Freeze Dried Saskatoon Berry Powder, or frozen Saskatoons to your favourite smoothie mix and blend. Pairs well with raspberry, banana, and avocado!

 

 

Explore more recipes from our archives here.

 

 

Put Those Nutrients to Work!

 

Start off 2023 with the nutrient-packed diet your body deserves. 

 

Cheers to a new year!

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