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Power up your meal plan with these ultra-healthy superfruits. Plus, four ways to add them to your summer diet.
You may know them by their less enticing name, chokeberries, but this small purple fruit, native to eastern North America, has plenty of appeal: Aroniaberries are packed with disease-fighting antioxidant polyphenols that support heart, liver, and immune health, says Jamieson-Petonic.
TRY IT: Splash the sweet juice into mint lemonade or iced tea; bake dried berries into muffins; or spread aroniaberry jam on toast. We like Superberries’s Aroniaberry Juice Concentrate. $30 for 16 ounces, superberries.com
This high-fiber African super fruit was recently shown to help fight diabetes by improving how our bodies process insulin, a hormone that helps control blood-sugar levels. The tangy, dry white pulp inside the gourd-like baobab shell is ground into a powder and then packaged.
TRY IT: Tame the tang by stirring a tablespoon of baobab powder into oatmeal, yogurt, or pancake or banana-bread batter. We like Baobest’s Baobab Fruit Powder. $16 for 7 ounces, baobabfoods.com
This red berry is a key ingredient in wines from South Dakota, where the berry thrives. It’s rich in lycopene and other antioxidant carotenoids, which help prevent arthritis and support eye health.
TRY IT: Buffaloberries are slightly sour, so they’re a perfect pair for cheese, and they add tang to desserts like summer pies. We like Chalet Market’s Buffaloberry Jam. $5 for 5 ounces, chaletmarket.com
This fruit is known as a disease-fighting powerhouse, and was shown to reduce inflammation in just seven days, recent studies show. The credit goes to its off-the-charts levels of antioxidants, especially vitamin C.
TRY IT: Stir tart camu-camu juice or powder into a favorite smoothie. We like Navitas Naturals’s Camu Powder. $23 for 3 ounces, navitasnaturals.com