The heart-shaped fruit that’s also hearty-healthy
Not only do strawberries taste good, they’re good for your heart, too! Most nutrition professionals recommend getting your folic acid with food first. Sweetly delicious, strawberries are a recommended part of a heart-healthy diet. Not only are they high in folic acid and low in strawberries, they taste great, too!
You can add strawberries to your yogurt or cereal at breakfast.
Take a handful to work for a healthful, low-calorie snack.
For dinner, toss strawberries into your green salad or fruit salad or serve them for dessert.
Combine folic-acid-rich strawberries with other foods that are high in folic acid to simplify getting your daily requirement.
Berry shakes blend sliced strawberries with low-fat milk and plain yogurt. Sweeten with sugar or honey.
Serve as a refreshing snack or for breakfast on the run.
Cantaloupe Cups – fill cantaloupe halves with sliced strawberries. Top with scoop of frozen yogurt.
Simply Salad – Combine halved strawberries with chunks of other folic-acid-rich fruits, such as bananas, oranges and melons. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Serve with a dressing of plain yogurt seasoned with a little thawed frozen orange juice concentrate.
Strawberry – Yogurt Freeze
- 2 containers (8 ounces each) lowfat strawberry yogurt
- 1 pint basket California strawberries, stemmed
- 1 teaspoon grated orange peel (optional)
Mix strawberry yogurt if not pre-mixed. Spoon into ice cube tray. Freeze until completely frozen, 3 to 4 hours. Remove cubes from tray and place in bowl of electric food processor. Process until finely chopped. Add strawberries and orange peel. Process just until almost smooth. Serve immediately, or place in freezer and stir occasionally until firm enough to scoop, 1 to 2 hours.
Strawberry-Vanilla: Substitute vanilla yogurt for the strawberry yogurt; omit orange peel.
Strawberry-Lemon: Substitute lemon yogurt for the strawberry yogurt; omit orange peel.
Strawberry – Spinach Salad
- 4 cups spinach leaves, torn into bite-size pieces
- 1 pint basket California strawberries, stemmed and halved
- 1 small red onion, sliced and separated into rings
- ½ cup prepared non-fat honey-mustard dressing
To assemble salads, line 4 individual serving plates with spinach. Arrange strawberries and onion rings, equally divided, on lettuce. Drizzle each salad with 2 tablespoons dressing. Makes 4 servings.