With the cold and flu season almost upon us, families can make Barker's of Geraldine's blackcurrant fruit syrups their family's drink of choice. With New Zealand blackcurrants providing one of the richest sources of Vitamin C and anti-oxidants, families can choose the regular Squeezed NZ Blackcurrant Fruit Syrup or the low-calorie Lite Squeezed Blackcurrant Fruit Syrup for a drink that supports their immune systems.
Considered a leading super-fruit, blackcurrants deliver twice the antioxidant activity of blueberries and contain up to four times more Vitamin C than oranges. New Zealand blackcurrants are regarded as the best in the world because they contain the highest levels of anthocyanins, the rich red pigment of the currant that delivers its health benefits.
Nourishing Pantry's Clinical nutritionist, Virginnia Thomas, reminds parents about the importance of boosting the family immune's systems ahead of what could be a repeat of last year's tough cold and flu season.
Says Virginnia, 'It's never too late to start boosting your child's immune systems, and in fact, it's something you can do every day with a fruit syrup made from squeezed Blackcurrants, because the Vitamin C content is so high".
'Blackcurrant Fruit Syrup is not only all-natural, it contains less than one teaspoon of sugar per 100mls. The sweetness is topped up with stevia, which contains zero calories and has no impact on blood sugar levels. This makes it an excellent drink for the whole family."
Barker's of Geraldine's Squeezed NZ Blackcurrant Syrup, and Lite Squeezed NZ Blackcurrant Syrup can also be enjoyed year-round:
If the kids don't enjoy plain water, keep them well hydrated by adding a splash of the syrup in their water bottles. They will not only get an enjoyable flavour hit, they will also benefit from the extra Vitamin C!
Mum and Dad can enjoy the syrup by diluting it with water, adding ice-cubes and a squeeze of lime. For a quick cocktail, add some vodka.
In winter, add Barker's Blackcurrant Syrups to hot tea, along with fresh berries or a slice of fresh fruit.
During the warmer months, make blackcurrant popsicles for the kids! Dilute with water, add to popsicle moulds, and freeze for the next day.
Barker's of Geraldine has been pressing blackcurrants since 1981 and still operates from a corner of the family farm in South Canterbury, New Zealand.
Enjoy Barker's of Geraldine Squeezed NZ Blackcurrant Fruit Syrup, and Lite Squeezed NZ Blackcurrant Fruit Syrup for all the delicious taste of a blackcurrant fruit syrup with less calories. Drink hot or cold with still or sparkling water.
Barkers of Geraldine Blackcurrant Fruit Syrups RRP $7.49 available in the cordial aisle from Coles stores nationwide.
For more recipe suggestions, visit www.barkers.co.nz
NOTE: When choosing a blackcurrant syrup, check the ingredients and select the product with the most blackcurrant juice. We recommend looking for -squeezed juice' rather than -made from concentrate'. It's simple really; more blackcurrants in each bottle = more blackcurrants in each glass = more antioxidant rich polyphenols and Vitamin C in your diet every day!
To read more about the benefits of blackcurrants, visit www.barkers.co.nz and click on the Barker's Grapevine tab.