Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Springtime Strawberries

Maybe it's a bit premature, but today is the first day of spring and that puts me in the mood for strawberries.

So when I saw these beauties in the produce section for $2/lb I decided to take a chance. Strawberries are truly a superfood : high in fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C, and manganese. One cup of strawberries is just 43 calories and provides 136% of the RDA of vitamin C and 13% of the RDA of fiber. The red pigments are antioxidant, the phenols are anti inflammatory and that combination is protective against cancer and age-related deterioration of the eye. Strawberries are also a good dietary source of manganese, an anti inflammatory and antioxidant mineral that contributes to bone strength and cardiovascular health. Along with other berries, strawberries are a low glycemic food; combine this with all the properties mentioned above and they are a smart choice for a sweet treat for diabetics.

I was pleasantly surprised by how good these strawberries from California turned out to be (they were the perfect accompaniment to our breakfast for dinner tonight)!

But I'm really looking forward to when the strawberries in my garden will ripen so I can have them my favorite way: plucked fresh and warm from the sun!
What a yummy way to welcome spring!

1 comment:

  1. Strawberry lovers should be aware that non-organic strawberries are #3 worst for pesticide residue according to the Environmental Working Group. Check out their list of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/