Nutrition Powerhouse – Strawberries

Nature has given us a beautiful, incredibly delicious fruit… the strawberry! Mmmm

Strawberries, aside from being a wonderfully tasty fruit, are the ultimate nutritional powerhouse that will support every healthy lifestyle.

Nutritionally-speaking, strawberries are loaded with fiber, manganese, folic acid, potassium and Vitamin C. Strawberries further solidify their status as a nutritional powerhouse because they contain powerful antioxidants and flavonoids such as Kaempferol, Quercetin, Ellagic Acid and Anthocyanin – all of which have been proven to support health and protect against a myriad of diseases.

 

Let’s take a closer look at just some of the strawberry’s proven health benefits…

Vitamin C takes the lead role in the strawberry’s nutritional profile as an antioxidant which helps in the repair and rebuilding of the body’s tissues, fighting off damage from free radicals and boosting immunity. The antioxidants in strawberries may aid in the regulation of cholesterol levels, promote healthy eye function and help with cancer prevention. Vitamin C found in strawberries is essential in collagen production, which is super important for the improvement of the skin’s resilience and elasticity thereby keeping wrinkles at bay. Strawberries contain a flavonoid known as Fisetin that has been shown to protect against the memory loss resulting from Alzheimer’s Disease.

 

You will easily find strawberries fresh, frozen, freeze dried as well as in the form of jams, syrups and jellies. When buying packaged strawberries make sure you look to see if any sugar has been added in processing – always check the label. To satisfy your sweet tooth in looking for strawberry jam, opt for a whole fruit spread with no added fillers or sweeteners. Better yet, go homemade!

 

Tips To Adding Strawberries

Here are some tips to help you add strawberries to your day:

  • Top a spinach salad with sliced strawberries, also add goat cheese and walnuts for an incredible flavor punch!
  • For a sweet surprise, add diced strawberries to your chicken salad.
  • Make a fruit cocktail using fresh fruit such as strawberries, peaches, pineapple and grapes. Drizzle with honey. Boom, you have a tropically sweet delight.
  • Add sliced strawberries to plain Greek yogurt with sliced almonds and a bit of honey.
  • Top your morning bowl of oatmeal with fresh strawberries.
  • Toast a grainy bagel and top with sliced strawberries and cream cheese as a nice little snack.
  • Blend strawberries in a food processor with a little bit of water to make a super fresh syrup that you can drizzle over breakfast foods or desserts.
  • Toss unsweetened(!) frozen strawberries in a blender with your milk of choice, a small banana and a scoop of protein powder for an easy, quick, delicious banana-strawberry smoothie.

 

Fun Fact!

Strawberries are not actually berries! In fact, both strawberries and raspberries aren’t classified as berries, in the botanical sense that is. Technically speaking, true berries are fruits stemming from one flower with one ovary and contain seeds on the inside. Strawberries and raspberries are fruits are derived from a single flower with more than one ovary, making them what is called an ‘aggregate fruit’.

Who knew, right!?!

 

Surprising Foods That ARE Berries

As we now know, the technical definition of a berry is a fruit produced from one flower with one ovary and contains seeds on the inside.

Surprise! These 6 fruits are actually classed as a ‘berry’:

  • avocado
  • banana
  • kiwi
  • pumpkin
  • tomato
  • watermelon.

 

Photo Credit: alkalinevalleyfoods.com

 

 

About the Author:

Hello! Sharon here... Nutrition & Wellness Expert in Calgary, Canada. My passion is helping you feel better. With great foods and healthy habits I can help you find the energy and happiness for work, life and play.