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Healthy Summer Strawberry Ideas

While strawberries start to ripen as early as March, you can get the juicy red berries fresh as late as October, making summer the perfect season for the most popular berry in the world. Enjoy them straight out of the carton, or in strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie, strawberry jam, and more. With high levels of heart-protecting nutrients and 3 grams of fiber per serving, your body will enjoy these healthy strawberry recipes as much as your taste buds do.

Incorporating Strawberries

  • Fresh Strawberry & Spinach Salad: This one’s a classic. It’s full of greens, strawberries, poppy seeds, pecans, and more.
  • Spiked Strawberry Iced Tea: This strawberry-infused iced tea is as cooling as it is relaxing. It’s a perfect addition to an at-home girls’ cocktail night.
  • Fresh Strawberry Granita: This cool, refreshing strawberry recipe is the perfect cap to any summer meal. Granitas are easy to make, and the leftovers will keep well for a few days.
  • Fresh Strawberry atop Summer Pasta: This pasta sauce contains strawberries. When sweet strawberries are paired with balsamic vinegar, tomato puree, garlic, and Italian herbs, the berries help make this rustic pasta sauce masterpiece.

Health Benefits of Strawberries

The health benefits of strawberries include improved eye care, proper brain function, relief from high blood pressure, arthritis, gout and various cardiovascular diseases. The impressive polyphenolic and antioxidant content of strawberries make them good for improving the immune system, preventing against various types of cancers and for reducing the signs of premature aging. The immune system is our body’s first line of defense against infections, microbial action, and a wide variety of other potentially damaging and dangerous conditions that can affect our body. Vitamin C is a huge booster for the immune system and has long been known as a helpful cure for common colds and coughs, along with its impact on any other infections as well. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, which means that it neutralizes free radicals, the harmful byproducts of cellular metabolism that are constantly created in our body. These free radicals are responsible for mutating the DNA of healthy cells into sick or cancerous cells, and are subsequently responsible for a number of diseases, including heart disease and various cancers. A single serving of strawberries has approximately 150% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C.

Healthy Eating from Hearn Kirkwood

Hearn Kirkwood is a privately-owned food service distributor specializing in fresh produce, meat, poultry, dairy, and fresh seafood in the Baltimore, Washington, and Virginia areas. We have been servicing our valued customers for over 70 years. We are dedicated to providing all of our customers with the freshest products available at competitive prices.

Allison Rouse