The Benefits of Strawberries -by Carolyn Bell, RD
For serving delicious red, white and blue this 4th of July, plan to add strawberries to your menu. Keep in mind strawberries are fully ripe when picked and do not continue to ripen after picking. Select bright, shiny, red berries with fresh looking green caps. Try to wait until you are ready to eat the strawberries before cleaning them, as moisture quickens decay.
Due to phyto-nutrients in strawberries, researchers have found that eating a cup of strawberries, three time a week, can actually lower inflammation and help improve arthritis conditions. Antioxidant vitamins make them good for improving the immune system, helping to prevent various types of cancers, and reducing the signs of premature aging. This makes strawberries one of the top 4 fruit choices for health benefits!
Red, White, & Blue Chocolate Strawberries
A delicious July 4th healthy recipe!
- White chocolate (for melting)
- Blue sprinkles
- Wax or parchment paper
Melt the white chocolate as instructed on the package. Dip strawberries in the melted chocolate and then lightly dip in blue sprinkles. Set on wax or parchment paper to harden. Repeat until you have the number of strawberries desired. Yum!
Recipe from: http://www.yummyhealthyeasy.com/