Amazing Facts About Strawberries
Not just another pretty berry
One of my favorite children’s stories is called, “A Present For the Princess.” It’s old, probably out of print by now, but it is a darling tale about a little boy who is blind, but hears about an upcoming visit by the Princess. He wants to give her a token of his adoration, so he goes about growing the most mouth-watering, rouge red, juicy, fragrant, delicious strawberry for her. The Princess is so taken with this heartfelt gift, that she kisses him on the cheek, leaving behind a trace of strawberry juice that forever stains his cheeks a rosy pink.
If the little boy were eating strawberries of his own, it was probably not only juice giving him a glow. Strawberries offer many health benefits that would perk up anybody who partakes regularly in this sweet and succulent locally grown berry!
Like most other berries, strawberries contain phenols. These lend to their bright color and are a powerful antioxidant, which we now know can help fight all kinds of disease, including cancer. Phenols also fight against inflammatory disorders, such as osteoarthritis. If you suffer from joint or muscle pain, make it a priority to incorporate strawberries into your daily meal regime. For a wholesome breakfast smoothie I like to blend a cup of strawberries with some yogurt, flax seed, protein powder, half of a frozen banana, and a little coconut water, almond milk, or juice. It’s filling, nutritious, and it helps my body recover after my morning workout. Plus it’s tasty too!
Help your bones and heart
Our vitality depends on having a healthy skeleton and heart. There are various ways to build and maintain a healthy skeletal and cardiovascular system; diet and exercise are paramount! But a small amount of the essential nutrient manganese each day is important for good health. Manganese can also help build strong bones and benefit your heart, blood, and blood vessels. One cup of strawberries contains 21% of manganese, which in addition to offering life support to your bones and preventing cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis and hypertension, can help fight the battle against free radicals. It doesn’t hurt that you’re also adding more than 100% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C!
Enjoy dessert AND stay skinny
Did you know that strawberries are extremely low in calories? A huge cup of these delectable berries can fill you up and satisfy your sweet tooth after dinner, but bring under 50 calories to the table. Try mixing in a half serving of nonfat Greek yogurt, and drizzle with a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. You won’t miss those high calorie desserts that leave your favorite pants hanging in the closet unworn because they are too tight. If you aren’t trying to watch your weight, a cup of strawberries with a dash of Amaretto makes a mouth-watering sweet treat that isn’t necessarily light on calories, but tastes yummy AND hosts a lot of other benefits that will help maintain your healthful, rosy glow.
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