Its summertime, which means strawberries are in season! This super fruit is packed with lots of nutrients such as antioxidants, folate, fiber, potassium, and Vitamin C. The antioxidants found in strawberries (flavonoids, ellagitannins, and ellagic acid) are being studied due to their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antimutagenic properties. Strawberries are only 50 calories per serving, making them a healthy add-on to your meals or to have as a snack alone.
Here are some recipes to give you some ways to add those healthy strawberries into your diet! You can read more recipes and fun facts here and download app for your phone to give you some recipe ideas when shopping!
Buckwheat Strawberry Waffles
- 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 3 tablespoons egg whites
- 1 tablespoon agave
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1/2 cup strawberries, diced (plus more for topping)
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl to combine. Whisk wet ingredients together and pour into dry ingredients. Stir until barely combined (there can still be lumps), fold in strawberries, and set aside. Heat waffle maker. Cook waffles according to waffle maker instruction. Serve with extra strawberries on top.
Strawberry Spinach Salad With Strawberry Dressing
Source: Ancestral Chef
- 2 ounces of ready washed baby spinach
- Approximately 10 medium strawberries
- 3 strawberries
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/8 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
Slice up the 10 strawberries. In a large bowl, toss together the spinach and sliced strawberries. For the dressing, blend well all the dressing ingredients in a blender. Pour the dressing over the salad and enjoy.
Kelly Devine Rickert, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, CPT
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