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Celebrate Mom With the Berry Best: Strawberries!


By Lindsay Brost, RD, LDN, Hy-Vee

Fresh berries are in season and strawberries are the crowd favorite. With a sweet scent and bright color, strawberries are appetizing and versatile in many dishes.

In addition to adding a burst of color to any dish, strawberries provide many healthy nutrients. The majority of phytochemicals in strawberries are flavonoids, which give berries their bright colors, and are shown to have health benefits for the heart, preventing cancer and supporting cognitive function. Strawberries are also a great source of vitamin C, which helps support a strong, healthy immune system, and potassium, which may help lower blood pressure. Other nutrients in strawberries include fiber, which increases the feeling of satiety (fullness) and folate to prevent birth defects.

Strawberries can fit anyone’s taste; they are naturally sweet, but adding a splash of balsamic vinegar or piece of blue cheese will give strawberries a more tart flavor.

Add strawberries to your Mother’s Day celebrations.

  • Prepare mom a delicious breakfast with fresh strawberry slices over warm oatmeal.
  • Prepare Strawberries and Blue Cheese Bruschetta and serve as an afternoon snack or at a picnic.
  • Purchase chocolate-covered strawberries for an easy dessert.
  • Ask your dietitian how to make strawberry shortcake in a Mason jar — an activity for kids and dads to make a special treat for mom

Treating mom to the strawberries is a great way to say thanks for all she does and show how much she is loved.

When choosing strawberries, look for shiny, firm berries with a bright red color. Be sure to store strawberries in the refrigerator and wash right before eating.

Lindsey Brost represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association). For more information contact Lindsey Brost, RD, LDN at 309-792-1507 or email lbrost@hy-vee.com.

The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice

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