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What’s in season? Strawberries

April 27, 2007

I was looking at the grocery ads in the newspaper and noticed that stores I shop at have strawberries on sale for $.99 a pound.  Yea!

Why they are great.  Strawberries are truely a super-food.  They are:

Naturally fat, sodium and cholesterol free
Low in calories
High in fiber 
High in vitamin C
High in Folate which
High antioxidant level

Go to the driscolls website to find out more information on these nutrients. 

Selection.  Strawberries should be firm and bright red.  Avoid packages with the moldy berry in the middle (this always seems to happen to me).  

Storage.  Strawberries are very perishable.  Store in the refrigerator in the original packaging or spread out in a flat container.  Do not rinse the berries until ready to eat.  They should last in the fridge about 3 days.  If you think they will not get eaten in that time, cut the top off and put them in the freezer for smoothies. 

Serving size.  8 medium strawberries is only 50 calories! 

What to do with them.  I recommend eating fresh strawberries plain.  They are sweet and juicy and don’t need anything to jazz them up.  My girls LOVE them.  Here are some other ideas:

  • Slice up strawberries and add Grape Nuts and skim milk.  It is a very healthy way to start the day
  • Mix sliced peaches, strawberries and blueberries together and add a splash of half and half.  This is my favorite evening snack.

Check out this Strawberry French Toast.  I may have to try that this weekend – i even have all the ingredients (except the bread) at home. It looks amazing (but not very healthy).