If you’re not already a fan of strawberries, you should be. Not only are they juicy, summery and delicious, they’re a bona fide super food, too. Nutrient-rich and packed with antioxidants, strawberries offer a wide range of health benefits, some of which may surprise you.
Strawberries are rich in the essential nutrients vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and fiber. One cup of fresh strawberries contains 160% of your daily needs for vitamin C, for only 50 calories! This nutritional powerhouse also contain the mighty antioxidants anthocyanins, ellagic acid, quercetin and kaempferol, which all have been shown to have protective effects against certain types of cancer.
The benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds, including strawberries, are infinite. As plant food consumption goes up, the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer goes down. High fruit and vegetable intake is also associated with healthy skin and hair, increased energy, and lower weight. Increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables significantly decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality.
Incorporating more strawberries into your diet
Strawberries are available fresh, in jellies, syrups and jams. When looking for jellies or jams, go for all fruit spreads without the added sweeteners and fillers.
Here are some handy healthy tips to incorporate more of this super food into your diet:
Strawberries and plain yogurt – a delicious combination
- Dice strawberries and add them to your salad.
- Make your own fruit cocktail with fresh fruit and include grapes, pineapple, sliced peaches and strawberries. Drizzle a small amount of honey on top of the fruit mixture for an extra sweet treat.
- Slice strawberries and add them to plain yogurt with a drizzle of honey and sliced almonds.
- Top whole grain waffles, pancakes or oatmeal with fresh strawberries, or fold them into muffins and sweet breads. You can also blend strawberries in a food processor with a little water and used as a fresh syrup to top desserts or breakfast foods
- Toast a whole grain bagel/bread and top with light cream cheese and strawberries.
- Throw some frozen strawberries (unsweetened) in a blender with a banana, milk, and ice for a quick and easy strawberry banana smoothie