Strawberry smoothies, pie and shortcake, oh my!
Every year we get excited when strawberry season arrives because these gorgeous red berries are a family favorite. This guilt free sweet treat can be eaten all by itself or used to make a variety of berrylicious dishes such as homemade strawberry pie. Both of my children have a sweet tooth, and strawberries fill that need while also giving them vital nutrients.
During the late spring, and summer months you can find fresh organic local strawberries in abundance. Conventionally grown strawberries are also priced very low right now. However, if you decide to buy traditional strawberries rather than organic, just be sure to wash them thoroughly. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “certain fruits and vegetables tend to carry higher levels of pesticide residues because the skin is more easily penetrated by contaminants.” Foods that tend to absorb the highest levels of pesticides are apples, grapes, strawberries, peaches, cherries, nectarines, pears, blueberries and raspberries.
All berries are natural blood cleansers. Our heart pumps blood throughout our body to keep us alive by carrying oxygen, and nutrients to our cells, and waste products out. Eating a poor diet can result in waste build up in the blood that can be too much for the body to clean up. This excess waste can lead to health problems and premature ageing. Eating berries and drinking plenty of pure water each day can assist the body in removing toxins.
The natural sugar found in strawberries doesn’t affect the body like standard table sugar or even honey. The sugars found in fruit have a low glycemic index. This means that it will raise your blood sugar slowly rather than all at once. The fiber found in fruit also helps to balance out the sugar levels which might be why these sugars are not harmful. However, drinking straight fruit juice all the time has a different effect on the body. If you like juicing it is best to mainly juice vegetables, and eat fruit whole.
Strawberries also contain high levels of vitamin C and other antioxidants such as vitamin A, B6, folate, potassium and flavonoids. You can measure the level of nutrition in a single berry simply by looking at the color. The antioxidants are responsible for creating that rich red color and the darker the better.
Have fun eating this yummy treat and please let me know what your favorite strawberry recipe is.