Needing some new recipes for strawberries? I’m seeing lots of posts about them on social media and I am wishing I could go pick some out of my patch! However, my strawberry patch is in my imagination, so I don’t have to go far! 😀 haha!
Last year I found one the width size of my cup!
Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, fiber, folate and potassium. The USDA-ARS Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging states they are a great source of antioxidants and places them among the top 5 antioxidant- rich fruits!
Strawberries fight against cancer, heart disease, memory loss, stress and anxiety. One source states “According to a research at Tufts University, the antioxidants in strawberries could prevent or even reverse problems like memory loss, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease – all conditions blamed on free radical damage.” Eat a strawberry (or three) after a stressful day and it may increase your dopamine- the happy chemical in your brain! (1)
Here is a recipe to try!
Strawberry Electrolyte Drink
By: Shannon Beeghley, LPN, NS, CHHC
-3 cups of coconut water
-1 cup of frozen strawberries
-1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
-2 tablespoons natural sugar or honey, to taste
Throw into you blender and let it run until everything is thoroughly mixed together and the mixture is smooth.
And a healthy jam recipe I want to try!
Toss a few sliced strawberries in with some fresh garden spinach, a sprinkle of slivered almonds and drizzle with a poppy seed dressing! Ooo-la-la! 😀 Add to smoothies, on top granola & yogurt, fresh strawberry pie…. YUM!
Word of caution- there are allergy concerns for a few people when it comes to strawberries. Be sure to ask your friends if they or their children have strawberry allergies before your cookout get- together. Also, it is very important to properly wash your locally grown (or store bought) berries to avoid any harmful bacteria that can cause disease. Ask your local berry farmer if they used any fertilizer sprays. Berries can be washed in a light vinegar/water mix to clean off fertilizer sprays etc. Rinse the berries several times before consuming! Fresh berries will keep about a week! (If they last that long! 😀 )
How do you eat your strawberries?
- Eat and Heal by the Editors of FC&A Medical Publishing