Full of fibre, vital vitamins, and anti-ageing antioxidants, berries are a great food choice for every age - and unlike many superfoods they are actually tasty!
What's more new research reveals they could trim your waistline too! The study by academics at Loughborough University suggests that swapping your usual mid-afternoon snack for a handful of berries could see you lose upto stone in a year. This news couldn't come at a better time considering February 15th (this Sunday), is thought to be the one day of the year that most people fall off the diet bandwagon.
'Our research shows that an afternoon snack of mixed berries decreases energy intake at dinner.' explains Dr Lewis James, from the University's School of Sport, Exercise. The results showed that those who ate a handful of berries between meals, ate 30 percent less from their dinner plate than those that didn't, which could amount to a reduction of upto 1000 calories a week if you reached for the berries daily. It's also a great way to slip more fruit into your diet - at present only around 30 per cent of British adults are currently meeting the Department of Health's recommendations of five portions of fruit and veg a day.
The main reason most people struggle to stick to their New Year diet is that they cut out too many foods at once and it's difficult to maintain. Instead, stay on track with your healthy heating goal by making small changes such as one food swap a day - you'll find it it's so much easier to stick too and a far more effective way to lose weight in the long run.
Here are some treat-time berry recipes to get you started…
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