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Try it Thursday: It’s Time for Strawberries!

I love strawberry season! I have memories as a kid of picking up fresh strawberries from a farm stand and bringing them home for shortcake for dinner! (My mom was/is awesome! Strawberry shortcake for dinner?! Why not! Of course mom made her own homemade shortcakes!)photo

There are many reasons to eat this delicious and nutritious fruit that is coming into season. The season doesn’t last long, so don’t miss out on a great opportunity to have it while it is fresh, local, and in season!

Fighting the heat & losing weight – Eating strawberries  has a cooling effect and it also helps to stimulate your nervous system to fight  fatigue. Strawberries prevent and aid in reducing skin burn and blemishes.  Strawberries are rich in fiber and fill you up faster. Consequently, you will  eat less and be better equipped to control your weight.

Vitamin C – Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin  C. Vitamin C prevents the common cold, heart disease and diabetes.

Manganese – Strawberries contain manganese which helps to  build and keep your bone structure healthy.

Potassium – Strawberries are high in potassium, a nutrient which aids in reducing muscle ache, decreases the chances of a stroke,  decreases stress, maintains a water balance in the body and regulates blood  pressure.

Anti CancerPhenols (organic compounds) which are  found in strawberries are known for fighting against a variety of cancers.
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For more information regarding the health benefits of these beautiful berries, check out what Whole Foods has to say!

If I have created a sudden craving for strawberry shortcake, please check out these healthier versions that you can try at home!

Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake

Whole Wheat Strawberry Shortcake

I love fresh strawberries over a spinach salad. They go great with almonds, granola, chicken or goat cheese. Putting fresh fruit on salad is delicious in the summer time. Try this delectable homemade dressing to top off your salad perfectly!

1 cup fresh sliced strawberries
2 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1  1/2 tablespoons champagne (white wine will work too!) If you do not plan on drinking the champagne with your salad, try the mini bottles!
sugar or stevia to taste
pinch of salt
Blend in food processor or blender.
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In a time crunch? I also love this bottled dressing from Annie’s Organic.

Strawberries are sweet enough on their own, but sometimes we are looking to make this berry into a decadent dessert!

Chocolate truffle strawberry pie

Healthy strawberry ice cream?!

1/2 cup vanilla almond or coconut milk
1/2 avocado
5 frozen strawberries
1 banana sliced and frozen
1 tsp stevia (or sugar)
1/2 tsp vanilla
Blend well. Slowly add splashes of almond milk until all is blended and desired consistency is achieved.

If you are looking for some additional ways to get creative and stay healthy with your strawberries in the kitchen, check out what eatingwell.com suggests!

Lastly, check out this great nutrient filled strawberry shortcake smoothie from Tara Stiles.

How do you enjoy this stunning summer fruit?
Your Trainer,
Cassie

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