Did you know on average there are about 200 seeds on every strawberry? That’s pretty impressive for such a small piece of fruit! This time of year, strawberries can be found locally in Massachusetts. The MassGrown Map makes it easy to find pick your own farms or farmer’s markets in your area of Massachusetts.
Like any fruit, increasing your strawberry intake can help reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and even certain types of cancer. Even better, they are fat free, contain no sodium and are high in Vitamin C and folate!
How to Add Strawberries to Your Diet this Summer
- Top pancakes or waffles with fresh strawberries instead of traditional syrup
- Add a handful of strawberries to a smoothie
- Enjoy in a traditional fruit salad
- Place on top of your favorite summer salad
- Use as a flavor enhancer in water or iced tea
- Dip in dark chocolate for a special treat
- Add to cereal or oatmeal
- Enjoy in a low-fat yogurt parfait
- Create dessert kabobs with angel food cake strawberries and your other favorite fruits
How Much Fruit
Women should strive to consume 1 1/2 cups of fruit per day while men should strive to consume 2 cups per day. In general, 1 cup of fruit or 100% fruit juice or a 1/2 cup of dried fruit can be considered 1 cup from the fruit group. In terms of strawberries, 1 cup is equal to 1 cup of whole, halved or sliced berries or 8 large berries.
If you are looking for a sweet treat that includes strawberries, try Summer Fruit Salsa. This dish features strawberries, kiwis and pineapple, three fruits that are packed with heart healthy and anti-cancer components such as fiber, Vitamin C and potassium!
Ingredients: 1 serving
- 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, diced
- 1/4 cup kiwi, peeled and chopped
- 1/4 cup pineapple, diced
- 1 tablespoon of lime juice
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until mixed evenly. Serve with cinnamon sugar pita chips, fresh fruit slices, your favorite tortilla chips or enjoy as is!