Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits from the berry family, and one of the most popular berries eaten in the United States. Strawberries are bright red with an incredibly sweet flavor, especially when eaten perfectly ripe. Unlike most fruits, strawberries contain seeds on the outside of the flesh, which are edible.
Did you know May is strawberry month? You can find strawberries in the spring and summer months, especially around here in Nashville we have some great local eateries that utilize this season to it’s fullest. Juice. Nashville has a special seasonal juice embracing strawberries as well.
What’s the 411 with strawberries and nutrition? The nutrient make up of strawberries, especially with their high antioxidant levels, have been studied regarding cardiovascular benefits, providing blood sugar stabilization due to their fiber content, anti-cancer benefits again due to their high antioxidant load (especially ellagic acid and ellagitannins). As with most fruits and vegetables, strawberries contain great amounts of fiber which help our digestive system moving, keeps us fuller for a longer period of time, and releases a steady flow of energy into our bodies. Strawberries have a great balance of natural sugars, fiber, vitamin C, folate, potassium, manganese, and loads of antixodants!
Purchase strawberries that are dark in red color, fragrant, and ripe before eating. Most health food stores, grocery stores, or farmers markets will carry them in abundance when in season. You may also purchase your strawberries year round in the frozen section, just be sure to check the ingredients - it should only say strawberries!
How do you like eating strawberries? Check out the seasonal blend at juice. Nashville to get some of your strawberry fix too.
Eat well, live well, be well,
McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN [nutritionstripped.com]