Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits from the berry family, a close runner-up to my all time favorite raspberry. Strawberries are bright red with an incredibly sweet flavor, especially when eaten perfectly ripe. Unlike most fruits, strawberries contain seeds on the outside of the flesh, which are edible.
How to use | Use strawberries as you would any other fresh fruit, as a snack, chop and top on warm oatmeal or porridge, stir into baked goods like bread or pancakes, or add to smoothies and salads. One of my favorite recipes using strawberries is my Simply Strawberry Banana Smoothie and Double Layer Lemon Custard with Strawberry Compote.
Nutrient breakdown of STRAWBERRIES | *per 1 cup raw
Carbohydrates | per 1 cup strawberries, 12g of carbohydrates
Fiber | 1 cup of strawberries contains 3g fiber
Vitamin C | 149% DV
Folate | 9% DV
Potassium | 7% DV
Manganese | 29% DV
Antioxidants galore | phytonutrients like anthocyanins, tannins, anthocyanins, flavonols, resveratrol, ellagic acid, catechins, and more.
The nutrient make up of strawberries, especially with their high antioxidant levels, have been studied regarding cardiovascular benefits, providing blood sugar stabilization due to their fiber content, anti-cancer benefits again due to their high antioxidant load (especially ellagic acid and ellagitannins). As with most fruits and vegetables, strawberries contain great amounts of fiber which help our digestive system moving, keeps us fuller for a longer period of time, and releases a steady flow of energy into our bodies.
Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits and one of the most popular berries consumed in the US. They’re bright red-deep red in color with a super sweet taste with a juicy yet creamy texture. Strawberries are grown wild or cultivated and can be used in a variety of ways from sweet to savory in dishes. Strawberries are one of several berries high in antioxidants that have been studied regarding their anti-cancer benefits, cardiovascular benefits, improving blood sugar regulation, anti-inflammatory benefits, anti-cancer benefits, and digestive health (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s). The blend of phytonutrients found in strawberries have shown to have great positive effects on the cardiovascular system due to their ability to decrease oxidation of fats that line our blood vessels (i.e. decreases overall cholesterol but especially LDL cholesterol and decrease blood pressure by reducing ACE (angiotensin I-converting enzyme).
How to use | use strawberries as you would any other fresh fruit. I enjoy them dipped in warm dark chocolate, freshly sliced on oatmeal, yogurt, porridge, topped on Stripped Green Smoothie Bowls, in smoothies, Simply Infused Waters, or on salads.
Note: Some individuals are allergic to strawberries and may experience tightness of chest, hives, itchy throat, ears, or skin. Strawberries are also a food that’s considered a histamine liberator, meaning it releases histamine in sensitive individuals which can worsen the allergic reaction. Strawberries are also one of the most common Oral Allergy Syndrome fruits/vegetables.