One of our favorite treats since we were kids is fresh strawberries. And apparently, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree—or shall we say, the strawberry doesn’t’ fall far from the plant. Tammy’s daughters, Summer and Riley can’t get enough strawberries and one of our family’s favorite past times is going strawberry picking. As a ritual, after strawberry picking, Summer and Riley devour handfuls of strawberries before we even make it to the car. And then once we’re in the car, the berries fragrant sweet smell takes over and we can’t help but talk about all of the ways we’re going to incorporate the delicious berries into our meals.
Luckily, we always bring back ample amounts of strawberries so that we can enjoy cooking with them (they’re superstars of so many recipes!) and snacking on them. Strawberries are so scrumptious that it’s easy to forget how nutritious strawberries are!
One of our favorite things about strawberries is that they can help you to lose weight! If you are trying to find a delicious food that you can eat and that will help you to get bikini ready, you have found your match! Craving sweet? No need for sugary treats and their hundreds of calories. Juicy and delicious, strawberries are nutrient dense but also low in sugar (only 8 grams) and have only 50 calories per serving (1 cup or approximately 8 medium strawberries). You can fill up and kick your sweet craving all in one punch!
They are a good source of fiber which helps to control weight (and relieve constipation)
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Here’s one of Summer and Riley’s favorite strawberry recipes from The California Strawberry Commission. We love to make this after a day at the strawberry patch—and we’ve gotta admit, we sometimes we think we love these more than the kids!
Strawberry Yogurt Cones
- 1 cup fresh California strawberries, stemmed and halved
- 1 cup non-fat yogurt: plain, vanilla or lemon
- 4 waffle cones
- Colored sprinkles or granola, for garnish
In bowl, gently mix together strawberries and yogurt, reserving 2-3 halves for garnish. Spoon into waffle cones, dividing mixture equally. If desired, garnish with sprinkles or granola and remaining strawberry slices. Serve with spoons. Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition Information Per Serving (with plain yogurt) 127 calories; .6 g fat; 1 mg cholesterol; 69 mg sodium; 27 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 4 g protein
Follow California Strawberries!!
The Nutrition Twins are working with California Strawberries this month to promote good health.