Picking berries while hiking? yeah, why not..
There’s a truckload of research out there telling us that hiking is good for us especially when the hiking trails are full with berries. There is nothing better tha is picking them yourself and enjoying the fruits of your labor. If you choose to go berry-picking on a hiking trail you can get some exercise too. Berries tend to have a good nutritional profile. They’re typically high in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidant polyphenols. Some of the most healthiest berries you can eat are:
● Blueberries – popular berries that serve as a great source of vitamin K. Blueberries may lower the risk of diabetes as well. Studies have shown that blueberries or bioactive blueberry compounds can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 26%.
● Raspberries – very good source of fiber and also one cup of raspberries provides 64 calories, 8grams of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese. Raspberries also contain antioxidant polyphenols called ellagitannins, which can help reduce oxidative stress.
● Goji berries – they are native to China and used in traditional medicine. They have recently become very popular in the Western world. Goji berries also contain high levels of vitamin A and zeaxanthin, both of which are important for eye health.
● Cranberries – they are an extremely healthy fruit with a tart taste. That’s why they’re rarely eaten raw. Like other berries, cranberries contain antioxidant polyphenols.
● Strawberries – one of the most commonly consumed berries in the world and also one of the best sources of vitamin C and they are also very good for heart health.
Berries are probably the best and healthiest snack that mother nature gave us.
Check out our list of favorite hiking trails for picking berries.
North Fork Skokomish River and Flapjack Lakes
Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Location: Olympic Peninsula – Hood Canal
Length: 15.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain:3050 feet
Highest Point: 3850 feet
2. Central Cascades
Tonga Ridge / Mount Sawyer
Location: Central Cascades — Stevens Pass – West
Length :9.00 miles
Elevation Gain: 1200 feet
Highest point: 5495 feet
3. South Cascades and Southwest Washington
Location: Mount Rainier Area – SE – Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon
Length: 3.2 miles roundtripElevation Gain: 600 feet
Highest Point: 5850 feet
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