Woo Hoo!!! Strawberries are officially now in season!!! Yes, we can buy them year round but now is when they are the fullest, juiciest, and sweetest!! I am growing some in my garden and the plant is flowered and looks nice and healthy and will hopefully provide my family with some delicious berries, unlike last year when some animal or bug ate them all up before we could enjoy any of them!!!!
Okay, so why is a strawberry a great and easy addition to your diet? First, it is so easy to get kids to eat strawberries and about 10-12 of them count as a serving!! (depending on the size) They are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, Manganese, Folic Acid, and potassium. They are a great source of fiber, omega fatty acids (which we all need) and only 45 calories per serving!!
The other day I was in Meijer and they had strawberries on sale 4 packs for $5….seemed like a great deal. I was looking at the packs and noticed a white powdery film that had dried and left a residue on the inside of the package and on the strawberries. I checked more packs and they all had this-I saw another lady inspecting these and we contemplated together what this might be. I cannot say for sure what this was, but I will bet that it was some type of residue from the chemicals used to grow produce. So, for $1.25 a package I could poison my family!!! I marched over to the organic section (which rocks at Meijers) and the organic strawberries were 2 packs for $5. So, guess which ones I went with……yup, the organic ones. For $5.00 I got 2 packs of clean, residue free, plump berries that my family could enjoy and reap all of the benefits from without me worrying if they are consuming nasty chemicals.
***Disclaimer*** Even though I worry about pesticides and chemicals on our food I do think fruits and vegetables that are not organic are still a step up from a donut or candy. Organic is not always available and let’s face it – it’s not always cheap-so my philosophy is buy organic as much as possible and when I buy non organic I remind myself that it is at least a step up from processed junk food. Please refer to my post on Organic versus Non Organic to read more.
Our favorite ways to eat strawberries:
- Strawberries halved with diced up mangos and bananas
- strawberries halved with chunks of kiwi
- strawberry/banana kabobs
- strawberries in salad
- Rawkin’ Red Smoothie
1/2 papaya, cubed
water and ice
1 tbsp. sweetener (honey, maple syrup, agave, stevia)
Blend together and enjoy!!!!
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