04 Apr Scrumptious Strawberries
Thank goodness these delicious red gems from California are now in peak season! My two girls have been writing “strawberries” on my shopping list all winter long and I just picked up a perfect pound at the market. As excited as my kids are to munch on fresh strawberries, as a mom I’m thrilled they’re choosing this healthy fruit with loads of good-for-you nutrients and health benefits.
Did You Know…..
- 8 strawberries contain more vitamin C than an orange?
- 8 strawberries have almost half the sugar of an apple?
- 8 strawberries have one-third of the calories of a banana?
- 8 strawberries have twice as much fiber than a serving of grapes?
More Good Stuff
One cup of strawberries contains 50 calories and is sodium and fat free. It also has 160% of your recommended daily dose of the antioxidant vitamin C. Other nutrients found in these berries include fiber, folate, and potassium.
The red hue in strawberries is due to the phytochemical anthocyanins, which have been shown to be beneficial for both the brain and heart. Research has shown that strawberries help boost antioxidants in your blood around 30 minutes after munching on them. Additional research has found that anthocyanins may help prevent diabetes, improve vision, and lower your risks of certain types of cancer.
Nutrition expert David Grotto, RD, LDN names strawberries as one of the top fruits in his new book The Best Things You Can Eat. A study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that eating these red gems will help increase the amount of antioxidants your body has available to fight disease. A July 2012 study published in the Annals of Neurology found that eating strawberries twice a day appeared to delay cognitive aging by 2 ½ years. Given that I forget almost everything at almost 40 years of age, this benefit will really come in handy later in life!
The American Diabetes Association also named berries (including strawberries) as one of the top 10 superfoods for a diabetes meal plan because they’re brimming with fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.
Ways My Kids Enjoy Them
My kids are die hard strawberry lovers, just like their mama. My eldest son loves them blended into his smoothies daily while my 8-year old daughter loves snacking on them with whipped cream. I’m even surprising my husband with a strawberry shortcake for his birthday this weekend!
1 ¼ cups frozen strawberries
¾ cup nonfat plain yogurt
½ cup 100% cranberry juice
2 teaspoons honey
Place ingredients in blender; blend until smooth.
TELL ME: What’s your favorite way to enjoy strawberries?