A Love Affair with Strawberries!

A love Affair with Strawberries!

We are quickly entering into my favorite season: The season of STRAWBERRIES!

As my most desired snack as a child, and my low sugar go-to fruit as an adult, I simply can’t get enough of this delicious red berry! My family loves strawberries so much that when they are in season, we each eat about a pound a week (so that’s 4 pounds of bright red strawberries in our refrigerator!)

Not only are strawberries delicious, they are super healthy for you, too. They are loaded with antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K and act as a natural anti-inflammatory. Strawberries help fight in the battle of breast, cervical and esophageal cancer.

Strawberries are even good for your eyes! The Archives of Opthalmology recently published a study in which strawberries were found to be one of the fruits that can lower the possibility of contracting age-related macular degeneration by over one-third when you consume 3 servings a day.

Incorporate Strawberries into your day!

Strawberries complement foods so nicely that you can pair it with every meal.

Breakfast: Try slicing up strawberries to add to your oatmeal. I love the way the cold berry blends with the warmth of the oats. If you eat good ol’ old fashion oats, you might find that you no longer need to add sugar (like brown sugar, honey, etc) since the strawberries add amazing flavor.

Lunch: To add dimension to your yogurt, try adding some diced up strawberries!

Dinner: Sliced strawberries are the perfect topper to a spinach salad with walnuts and a vinaigrette dressing.

Dessert: Dip strawberries into a fat free, no sugar added pudding! Drizzle no sugar added chocolate syrup over whole strawberries.

Snack: Nibble on dehydrated strawberries as a snack on the go. Don’t forget juicing and blending, too!

Strawberry Blending and Juicing Recipes!

Blended Strawberry Juice (pictured above)

  • 2 cups fresh whole strawberries
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp Torini’s Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed

Cut strawberries into thin slices. Sprinkle over with 1 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp vanilla syrup (this is the same syrup you’d use to flavor coffee, tea, milk, etc). Leave in the fridge for two hours until the juice starts to come out. Process the strawberries with cold water and lemon juice in a blender. Strain the juice if desired and serve chilled.

Strawberry Lassi

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • handful of ice cubes

Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend till mixed. You can play with the taste of the Lassi by trying different flavored greek yogurts.

Apple Strawberry Juice

  •  5 apples
  • 1 cup of strawberries

 Cut the stems off of the strawberries and apples. Juice the rest and enjoy!

The Subtle Strawberry 

  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1/3 cup of strawberries
  • 1 apple

Cut the stems off of the strawberries and apple. Juice the rest and enjoy!

What are your other favorite foods to add strawberries to?! Tell us in the comments!

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