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Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Fields Forever

Janine Faber, RD, LD, Meijer Dietitian and Healthy Living Advisor
To access more nutrition information, visit www.meijerhealthyliving.com.

Everybody knows that strawberries are both nutritious and delicious. They are also one of the most versatile fruits - yummy in everything from salads to a trendy Cosmo cocktail. An abundance of these fruits are available at the local produce department and are perfect to enjoy during the summer months. Adding fresh strawberries to a healthy diet, whether in salads, in shakes or on their own, is a great way to get the servings of fruit needed for a healthy body and a healthy immune system.

Message #1 - Picking out strawberries

  • When choosing fresh strawberries it is important to choose those berries which are:
    • plump firm and free of mold
    • have a deep red color
  • Unlike other fruits, strawberries do not continue to ripen after they are picked, so it is important to choose the ripest, reddest strawberries, as they will provide the best taste and the highest nutrient density. 
  • Many people find that medium sized strawberries are sweeter and more flavorful than larger ones.
  • When buying strawberries that have been prepackaged, it is important to be sure that the berries have not been packed too tightly, as this could cause them to be crushed or otherwise damaged.
  • It is important to handle strawberries properly, and to store them well after they have been purchased. Strawberries, like all fruit, should be washed thoroughly prior to eating or storage. Any strawberries that show signs of mold should be removed at once, as they could contaminate the remaining strawberries. The strawberries should be placed in a bowl, covered with plastic wrap and kept in the refrigerator. Fresh strawberries will keep in the refrigerator for a few days.

Message #2 - Easy, Quick Ways to Eat Strawberries

  • Three different quick ways to eat strawberries with little to no work - or, you can easily wash, cut up and eat plain. Maybe even add a sprinkle of sugar or sugar substitute.
  • Or, you can dip them in chocolate, cut up and serve over pre-made angel food cake or serve on top of ice cream

Recipe:

  • 2 bags (10 oz. each) torn romaine lettuce
  • 2 Kiwis, sliced
  • 4 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 cup caramelized almonds*
  • 1 cup light poppy seed dressing
  • 6 oz grilled chicken breast (use pre-cooked bagged, have sliced in strips ready to go)
  • TOSS lettuce with kiwis, strawberries and onion in large bowl.
  • SPRINKLE with Caramelized Almonds.
  • ADD Poppy Seed Dressing; mix lightly. Serve immediately.

    *Caramelized Almonds: 1 cup PLANTERS Sliced Almonds, 6 T. sugar

TOSS almonds with sugar in nonstick skillet; cook on medium-high heat until sugar is caramelized, stirring frequently.

SPREAD into single layer on greased baking sheet or sheet of wax paper; cool at least 1 hour.

BREAK into small pieces. Store in tightly covered container at room temperature.

Prep Time:

  • 15 min

Makes:

  • 8 servings



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