Hey, hey, hey! Frequently I get questions about fruit from peeps interested in trying a Paleo or Keto approach to eating. Just to back up a bit, these two are not the same. You can read about how they differ here. Personally, I adhere to a flexible whole foods based hybrid of both Paleo and Keto… and yes, that includes some fruit. Mostly, I stick to the low glycemic, high antioxidant variety. Blackberries are my fav for this reason, and this Blackberry Tart has landed in my top 10 treats to make at home!
Recently, I have been finding myself less inclined to buy or make even healthy versions of super sweet desserts. To preface my next statement– there is no right or wrong here. This is just my opinion (and now’s a good time to check out my medical disclaimer at the bottom of this page). My reasoning is that I easily fall back into the sugar addiction cycle, if I’m not mindful. For me, it brings back the physical cravings, the roller coaster energy levels, and the tendency to eat mindLESSly. That’s okay every now and then. As I mentioned above, I appreciate flexibility. But my interpretation of “flexibility” and “balance” is defined as about 85-90% eating what I know serves MY body best, and 10-15% of anything else.
Not an exact science, a bit of a guesstimate based on what my body’s telling me, and I definitely do not track any calories/macros/grams/points/etc. Might be your jam, and that’s cool. Just not mine : )
That’s one of the reasons why I like this Blackberry Tart so much. It’s yummy and sweet, but it is tart so it doesn’t exploit or trigger that sugar “bliss point”. By the way, that’s not my term. If you’re interested in how manufacturers may take advantage of this so-called “bliss point”, check out this article. Beyond being super tasty and not sickly sweet, there are lots of other reasons to love the good ol’ blackberry!
Blackberries are loaded with vitamins, and antioxidants! They contain Vitamins C, A, E, K, and B. In fact, a servings size of blackberries is so rich in Vitamin C that it makes up for roughly 35% of your daily recommended intake! More on that in a minute. One source also reports that blackberries are filled with high levels of the antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin. These two antioxidants have a vital role in fighting free radicals linked to chronic diseases and aging.
Okay, let’s circle back to that Vitamin C comment. I came across an article recently discussing the importance of Vitamin C, and a discussion centered around whether we should be consuming more Vitamin C than what’s previously been recommended. Not going to get too much into that, but I would like to talk about the fact that our bodies do NOT make Vitamin C on their own. It has to be consumed, either through food or supplement. Vitamin C may have significant impact on our bodies’ immune systems, skin, healing ability. It also may be related to cardiovascular health, protection against eye disease, and more!
For most of my life, I’ve had a skin condition called “Keratosis Pilaris”. To help combat this, I supplement with both Vitamins C and A, as deficiencies in both these vitamins have been linked to an increase the prevalence and severity of the condition. Always consult with your doctor before beginning a supplement regimen, but in case you’re wondering which ones I use, I buy these and these.
It also means I try to eat a lot of Vitamin C from foods like blackberries and brussels sprouts!
Oh yeah, so that recipe I was telling you about…
So, confession… this was definitely a trial and error/kitchen science experiment that just so happened to have worked out. Therefore, you may have a bit left of the blackberry tart jam for the topping left over after “icing it”. I did, so I froze it and plan to make some sort of fat bombs with it later.
Ingredients for the crust-like bottom:
Ingredients for the Blackberry Tart jam topping:
What are YOUR fav Blackberry recipes? I’m always on the hunt to try something different! Scared of trying something new in the kitchen? Don’t be, silly! Give it a try, let go of worrying whether it will home run, and have fun!
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