We all know that fruit is good for you but did you know that berries are good for your brain? Research has shown that increased intake of certain berries is associated with slower rates of memory decline. One study found that berry intake appeared to delay cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years. In addition to brain health, berries are currently also being studied for cancer prevention and improving cardiovascular health.
Not only are berries good for your health….they are also delicious and make a great dessert.
Last weekend I had to think of a quick and easy dessert to take to a family dinner and I wanted to bring something at least fairly healthy. So my first thought was “baked fruit.” I went to the grocery store and bought a bunch of fruit and baked it with orange juice, spices and a little bit of brown sugar. I ended up buying way too much fruit (I always overestimate) and it wouldn’t all fit in the pan, so the apples and pears get to be used for packed lunches. My dessert turned out delicious and it reminded me a little bit of pie filling, but really fresh, fruity and flavorful homemade pie filling. I topped mine with a squirt of reddi-wip for a nice finishing touch 🙂