Luscious Strawberries: Nature's SweetnessBy Mary Curtis
One sign that summer is on its way is the appearance of fresh strawberries among your grocer's fresh fruits. Strawberries are a great way to eliminate sugar and artificial sweeteners. They also are loaded with nutrition, including a natural benefit for our eyes and a boost to our immunity to fight off summer colds.
Low in calories: One-half cup of sliced strawberries (83 grams) contains only 27 calories! That means you can snack on strawberries anytime including during that mid-afternoon or evening empty spot and not worry about your waistline.
High in nutrition: Strawberries contain antioxidants,including vitamins C and E, to strengthen your immune system. They contain lutein to help eyesight. Raw strawberries are also a natural way to help reduce cholesterol because they contain phytosterols. Because they are fruits, strawberries contain no cholesterol.
Mix with cereal for natural sweetness: Slice up strawberries and stir them into your hot or cold cereal in the morning. You won't need to add any sugar or artificial sweetener because strawberries are naturally sweet.
Strawberry yogurt whip: In a food processor or blender, whip up 2 or 3 strawberries (remove green leaves first) with 2 or 3 heaping tablespoons of plain yogurt. You can also add a swirl of honey if you like. For a frappe effect, added a cube or two of ice. Serve in a bowl or drink from a glass; a quick and cool way to get your nutrition.
Strawberries alternate to PBJ: Thinly slice some strawberries and use them instead of jelly on your peanut butter sandwich. Jelly contains table sugar or corn syrup. By using the natural sweetness from fresh strawberries, you save calories.
How To Select Perfect Strawberries:
When you're in the grocery store, look for deep red color and full juicy-looking fruits. Rule of thumb: If it looks good, it is good!
Sweeten Without Sugar
Fruits are a natural way to add sweetness. Add sliced strawberries, apples, bananas, etc., to your cereal.