You many have noticed that this crowd pleasing berry with its spectacular taste is in season at the supermarkets right now.
Why are strawberries good for you?
Berries, particularly those with exotic colors, are rich in antioxidants, which means that they are huge boosters to your health.
The health benefits of strawberries include improved eye care, proper brain function, relief from high blood pressure, arthritis, gout due to their anti-inflammatory properties and protecting various cardiovascular diseases. The impressive polyphenolic and antioxidant content of strawberries make them good for improving the immune system, preventing against various types of cancers and for reducing the signs of premature aging.
These little red gems are also useful to promote weight loss as they are full of fiber with a high water content, meaning they are low calorie but will keep you full!
Even your dog can enjoy these super healthy snacks while getting the benefits we do!
How to use them
Strawberries are best eaten raw individually or by adding them in fruit salads, or smoothies,. Frozen, they can be blitzed to make a delicious sorbet and personally, I like to dip them in coconut yogurt!
Nutritional value of strawberries
High in antioxidants and polyphenols, plus they have many other nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that contribute to the overall health benefits of these berries. These nutrients include vitamin C, folate, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, iodine and magnesium. A single serving of strawberries has approximately 150% of your daily requirement of vitamin C, isn’t that incredible!
Recipe for success
5 minute strawberry icecream
- 4 cups frozen strawberries
- 3 Tablespoons agave nectar or raw honey
- 1/2 cup coconut yogurt
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Add the frozen strawberries, agave nectar (or raw honey), yogurt and lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor. Process until creamy, about 5 minutes.
Serve the frozen yogurt immediately or transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 1 month.