Food of the Week: Strawberries

 🍓FUN FACT: STRAWBERRIES are one of the most popular berries in the world. 

Not only are they sweet and delicious, but they also are surprisingly good for you. 

✅ They are an excellent source of important vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, manganese, folate, & potassium.

All of that contributes to a healthy immune system, lower blood pressure, and may even offer some protection against certain birth defects. 

PLUS … strawberries are a great source of antioxidants that are known to fight bacteria, lower cholesterol and blood sugars, promote heart health, and even fight some cancers! 

They also are a source of fiber that can feed the good bacteria in your gut and help keep your digestive system running smoothly. 

Eat them raw, stirred into oatmeal, blitzed into smoothies, or added to chia puddings and jams. So good!

👉 TIP: When possible, choose organic strawberries because conventionally raised berries generally contain a wide range of pesticides.

How often do you eat strawberries? Comment below.

 Roasted Strawberries

👩‍🍳 If you want to kick up the sweetness of your strawberries a notch or two, or you have a bunch of fresh berries that are on the verge of being overripe …

Try roasting them!

It’s very easy and the results will make your tastebuds VERY happy.

You can spoon your roasted strawberries over oatmeal or Greek yogurt, or add them to smoothies. 

They also can be added to sauces … and you can change up the flavor by adding some balsamic vinegar or a drop or two of vanilla.

Note: double or triple the recipe based on how many strawberries you have on hand!

🍓🍓 Roasted Strawberries 🍓🍓

(makes about 4 servings)

  • 2 cups (300 g) whole strawberries (washed & dried, stems removed)
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar (optional, or to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice (optional, or to taste)

Preheat your oven to 350ºF/175ºC. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Depending on your preference, either cut the strawberries in halves or quarters. Toss the berries with lemon juice and sugar in a bowl to coat. 

Place the strawberries in an even layer on your baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes. 

Try not to eat them all at once. 🙂 

Love and Light,

Shaline

REFERENCES:

www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/strawberries

www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=202177

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