Sunday, July 4, 2010

Summer Fact Sunday! Spectacular Strawberries

Since it is summer, I thought this small article in Family Fun Magazine, June/July 2010 issue was appropriate. Here are some facts (and a few delicious looking recipes) about one of the most luscious fruits of the summer: Spectacular Strawberries.

You kids may not need a reason to eat fresh strawberries, but the health benefits certainly sweeten the deal. Just consider: out of more than 1,000 foods, the berries were ranked third highest in antioxidant content per serving by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, behind blackberries and walnuts. Loaded with Vitamin C, strawberries are also a good source of potassium, manganese, and fiber. Now is the time to enjoy them at their prime.

Make this now!

This refreshing Strawberry Gelatin has a kid-friendly texture that's a cross between jam and pudding. Mix 3 cups strawberries, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 Tbsp lemon juice in a blender. Strain the mixture and pour the liquid into a small saucepan (discard the solids). In a bowl, pour 2 packets unflavored gelatin over 1 cup cold water and let the mixture stand for 5 minutes. Heat the strained liquid until it's just starting to boil, then stir it into the gelatin mixture. Pour the gelatin into an 8 by 8 inch glass pan and chill for at least 4 hours before serving.

Make this now!

Here's an easy way to make your own Strawberry Frozen Yogurt. Freeze 2 cups fresh strawberries. Combine the berries with 6 oz nonfat French vanilla yogurt in a food processor, then blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Did you know? One cup of strawberries offers 140 percent of the RDA of Vitamin C for adults and kids ages 5 and up.

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