3 Berry-Packed Recipes That Are Good for You

3 Berry-licious Recipes That Are Insanely Good for You
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In case you didn’t know, berries are the best! Not only are they delicious, but these little guys also pack a huge nutritional punch. Full of antioxidants and vitamins, they're low in calories and are super healthy. They're even good for your looks! And because of their filling fiber, they’re ideal for anyone who always feels hungry. Here are three berry packed recipes to get you going.

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Stuffed Strawberries 

Entire recipe: 148 calories, 4.5g total fat (1.5g sat fat), 187mg sodium, 21.5g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 11.5g sugars, 10.5g protein

This snack is a dessert spin on a PB&J. It's easy as can be to whip up—only three ingredients, and it's ready in 10 minutes! Be warned: You may want to double (or triple) the recipe so you don't have to share.

1. In a medium bowl, combine 1/4 cup powdered peanut butter with 2 tablespoons water. Mix until smooth, uniform, thick, and creamy. If needed, mix in water in 1 teaspoon increments.

2. Slice the stem ends off 6 strawberries, 1/2 inch below the stem, revealing an opening in each berry. Use a narrow spoon to remove about half of the flesh inside the berry, making room for the filling.

3. Spoon the PB mixture into the bottom corner of a plastic bag, snip off the tip of that corner to create a small hole, and pipe the mixture through the hole into the strawberries.

4. Lightly press 1 teaspoon mini chocolate chips into the PB mixture. Start snacking!

Beyond Berry Mango Smoothie

Entire recipe: 122 calories, 0g total fat (0g sat fat), 2mg sodium, 31.5g carbs, 4g fiber, 25g sugars, 1g protein

Smoothies are one of the best low-calorie ways to enjoy berries. This smoothie combines strawberries with mango, a match made in heaven. Tip: When buying frozen fruit, make sure no sugar has been added.

1. Add the following ingredients to a blender: 3/4 cup frozen mango chunks (partially thawed), 1/2 cup chopped seedless cucumber, 5 frozen strawberries (partially thawed), 12 mint leaves, 1/2 teaspoon fresh lime juice, 1 no-calorie sweetener packet (like Truvia), 1 cup crushed ice (about 6 ice cubes), and 3/4 cup water.

2. Blend at high speed until smooth, stopping and stirring if needed.

3. Pour, sip, and enjoy!

Hot ‘n Fruity Quinoa Bowl

Entire recipe: 252 calories, 5.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 295mg sodium, 45.5g carbs, 8g fiber, 8g sugars, 7.5g protein 

Move over oatmeal! Say hello to quinoa in your breakfast bowl. Yes, you can have quinoa for breakfast. It’s a complete protein, which means it contains all the amino acids your body needs. Quinoa is mild in flavor, so bring on the sweet berries! Load them on, and you’ve got one satisfying meal! (P.S. If oatmeal's more your speed, make an enormous bowl without an enormous calorie count.)

1. In a nonstick pot, combine 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa (thoroughly rinsed) with 1 packet of no-calorie sweetener (like Truvia), 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, and a dash of salt. Mix in 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk and 1/3 cup water.

2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Cook and stir until most of the liquid has been absorbed and quinoa has fully cooked, 12 to 14 minutes.

3. Stir in 1/4 cup each blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. It’s a berry explosion in your mouth!

Start incorporating berries into your daily life, and you’ll be doing your body good. And hit the freezer aisle as you shop for them; frozen berries are usually less expensive than fresh ones, and they work great in recipes!

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