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Feature Article Sweet Strawberries Are Pick of the Month for June

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Strawberries have been called “America’s favorite fruit,” and for several good reasons. Not only are they sweet and delicious, they’re also packed with important nutrients.

Strawberries may lower your risk of heart disease and certain cancers, and they’re a great addition to any meal. Pick some up today from your local farm stand or grocery store.

What’s so great about strawberries?

  • They’re packed with fiber, potassium, antioxidants and vitamin C: Eight strawberries contain more vitamin C than an orange.
  • They’re free of sodium, cholesterol and fat, and low in calories,

What’s the best way to eat strawberries?

  • Fresh is best, or buy frozen with no added sugar.
  • Serve as a snack.
  • Add to salads and smoothies.
  • Mix with other fruits for a healthy dessert.

Selection & Preparation

  1. Look for deep, red berries. Once picked, they will not continue to ripen.
  2. Strawberries will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to two days.
  3. Rinse with cold water, just before using. Do not soak. Remove hull.
  4. No need to cook!

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Berry Breakfast Yogurt

Recipe from Athena Nofziger, clinical dietitian with Samaritan Health Services

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup diced canned pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat granola
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)

Directions

Place all ingredients in a small bowl and enjoy.

Makes 1 serving.

Nutrition information per serving

  • Calories: 190
  • Fat: 2.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 31g
  • Protein: 13g
  • Fiber: 5g