Get Ready for Strawberry Season


 
Strawberry season is right around the corner and soon the grocery stores and farmers’ markets will be stocked full with local strawberries. Give yourself an extra boost of vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber while enjoying the sweetness of a strawberry.

Strawberry shopping
  • Pick strawberries that are bright red, firm to the touch, and have green leaves on top. This will help you are buy fresh, juicy, sweet strawberries.
  • Before eating, make sure to wash the strawberries in a colander and pat dry. Once washed, you can hull your strawberries- removing the leaves on top, cut in half, slice, or leave them whole.
  • Find strawberries on sale? Buy a bunch and freeze them. First, clean and hull the berries as described above. Then spread the strawberries on a baking sheet and freeze overnight. The next day, put the frozen berries in a plastic freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to a year.

Time to eat
Strawberries alone are a perfect grab-able snack, but they can also bring natural sweet flavors to recipes. Check out some of our creative strawberry recipes:


 

Strawberry S'mores
Servings: 1 s'more


Ingredients:
2 strawberries
1 graham cracker (broken in half)
2 Tablespoons yogurt, low-fat vanilla



Directions: 
  1. Rinse the strawberries in water.
  2. Slice the strawberries.
  3. Add the yogurt and strawberries to 1/2 of graham cracker.
  4. Top with the other 1/2 of graham cracker.
  5. Enjoy immediately.
 

  
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