By Debbie Jeffery, RD
Not only are strawberries an excellent way to satisfy the sweet tooth, they are also extremely nutrient dense. One cup of strawberries contains more vitamin C than an orange, has 20% of your daily folic acid needs, and contains 4 grams fiber & 270 mg of potassium. Strawberries also contain a variety of phytochemicals, including flavonoids, which may have anti-inflammatory properties. The latest research also shows that the nutrients in strawberries may also help to maintain a healthy heart. Besides snacking on strawberries, you might enjoy sliced strawberries mixed with salad greens or a refreshing smoothie like the recipe below!
Strawberry Flax Smoothie
1 cup fresh or frozen sliced strawberries
½ cup nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt
½ cup skim milk (soy, almond, rice, or coconut milk may be substituted)
3 tablespoons ground flax seed
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high speed until smooth. Consume immediately or refrigerate up to 2 hours before serving.
Serves 2. Per serving: 145 calories, 4g fiber, 7g protein, .5g saturated fat, 19g carbohydrates, 170 mg calcium.