Strawberries – one of America’s favorite fruits, is also a nutritional powerhouse! These beautiful red berries actually contain more vitamin C than most citrus fruits, are loaded with potassium, fiber, folate and chock-full of antioxidants. One of those antioxidants is a flavenoid called quercetin. This little gem helps to combat allergies, and can keep “bad” (LDL) cholesterol from oxidizing and damaging artery walls. Strawberries also contain ellagic acid, which has been shown to reduce the incidence of cancer in cultured human cells exposed to carcinogens. So, in one pretty little package, you can boost your immune function, fight allergies, protect your heart, and maybe even prevent cancer – all for a measly 55 calories per cup. That’s something you can feel good snacking on!
The great thing about strawberries is that they taste great on their own, without a lot of fancy cooking – here are a few quick ideas:
1 – Cut them up into plain yogurt or cottage cheese, for a low-fat, low-sugar, high protein and great tasting breakfast
2 – Sprinkle with a small amount of Stevia and allow to sit for a bit. This will pull the natural juices of the strawberry to the surface, and make a naturally sweet sauce
3 – Slice into a salad with spinach leaves and any kind of vinaigrette, the sweet of the strawberry and sour of the dressing are a perfect match!
4 – Puree, mash, muddle, or blend them into your favorite beverage. This can make any regular old tea, lemonade or juice exotic and flavorful.