Strawberry, a nutritious & delicious fruit

Boy with a StrawberryStrawberries are one of the tastiest snacks you can eat, and one of the easiest health foods to get your children to eat.

More and more these days, doctors and scientists are recommending a diet of organically grown foods that includes 3-5 servings per day of fruits, and 4-7 servings per day of vegetables.

Strawberry FlanWhen you fill your plate at meal time, remember to cover half the plate with delicious fruits and vegetables.

A strawberry or two adds beauty as well as long term health benefits.

Raw foods are real foods

StrawberryFruits are great to eat raw, and they can be cooked and baked into some of the best flavor sensations on the planet. However you like your strawberries, by the handful or by the pie-ful, you can’t go wrong with berries.

Strawberries are the number one type of berry eaten in America, (second is the blueberry) and there are more than 600 varieties of strawberries to choose from, ranging in flavor from sweet to tart. Perfect for your favorite recipes.

A diet rich in strawberries is associated with healthy skin and hair, increased energy, and weight loss. Increasing the amounts of fruits and vegetables in your diet can be a real boost to overall health because of the beneficial nutrients in them.

strawberry facts

One cup of fresh strawberries has only 50 calories and is packed full of healthy phytochemicals like antioxidants, anthocyanins, ellagic acid, quercetin, and kaempferol, not to mention vitamins and minerals.

A diet which includes plenty of organically grown fruits like berries can protect you from heart disease, high blood pressure, allergies, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and even cancer.

strawberry on a cake

Getting Berries into your diet

Strawberries are readily available in many forms like fresh raw, frozen, freeze dried, syrups, jams and jellies.

You can add strawberries to your breakfast cereal or your chicken salad for lunch.

You can stir them into your yogurt or put them on top of your waffles.

Add them to your oatmeal or put them in a green salad to give it some color. And don’t forget about strawberry ice cream and milkshakes.

*Strawberries are a smart choice for people with diabetes too because they have a lower gylcemic index than some other fruits.

The garden strawberry is a widely grown hybrid species of the genus Fragaria. It is cultivated worldwide for its fruit, which is widely appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness. It was first bred in Brittany, France, in the 1750s via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America and Fragaria chiloensis, which was brought from Chile in 1714.

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