STRAWBERRIES                     

Strawberry ready for picking.

If you didn't already love strawberries for their delicious taste, you would start eating them for their nutrition and health benefits.

Strawberries have higher levels of vitamin c, fiber, folate and potassium than most other fruits like bananas, apples and even oranges.

Apart from the obvious health benefits, a recent study by Dr. Gene Spiller, Nutrition and Health Research Center, has shown that eating one serving (about 8-10 strawberries) a day can significantly decrease blood pressure, which may reduce the risk of heart disease.

Other studies showed additional benefits: Strawberries are found to reduce risk of cancer, enhance memory function and rheumatoid arthritis.

The strawberries grown at Topp Berry Farm are the “June Bearing” variety.  This means that there is one crop per year which usually ripens late in June or early July.  The fruit is incredibly sweet and fragrant – after tasting our berries you’ll never want to eat berries from the grocery store again!

 

Strawberry Nutrition Information

All nutrition information is based on 1 cup (8 to 10) fresh strawberries

- Calories: ca. 50

- Protein 1 g
- Fat 0.6 g
- Carbohydrates 11 g
- Sugar 7 g

- Fiber 3.5 g
- Iron 0.6 mg
- Sodium 2 mg
- Calcium 22 mg
- Phosphate 30 mg 

- Riboflavine 0.1 mg
- Vitamin C 85 mg
- Potassium 240 mg
- Zinc 0.2 mg
- Niacin 0.4 mg
- Vitamin B6 92 mcg
- Folate 34 mcg

 

STRAWBERRY ANGEL DELIGHT

1 Angel Food Cake

3 Cups Sliced Strawberries

1 4 oz pkg. lite Cream Cheese

¼ Cup Icing Sugar

2 Cups Whipping Cream or Dream Whip

2 Tsp. Orange Zest

Cut cake into 2 layers.  Beat cream cheese and icing sugar until very smooth. Whip cream till stiff & fold in cream cheese & orange rind. 

Fill and frost with layer of cream mixture then strawberries on top.

 

Strawberry-Soymilk-ShakeDREAMY STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE

This recipe is endlessly flexible and is a perfect quick and healthy breakfast or snack! Makes one large serving or two small as listed.  Mix it up any way you want by adding your own favourites:

The Essentials:

1 Cup Strawberries - fresh or frozen

1 Banana

1/2 Cup Yogurt (or try ice cream instead!)

 The Options:

1/2 Cup Orange Juice or Milk (optional: will result in a thinner drink -- 2 Tsp. Orange Zest can be substituted to add flavour)

1/2 Tsp Vanilla

1/2 Cup Ice for texture and chill

Small package Flavoured Dessert Tofu for a protein boost or to create a meal substitute

Flavoured ice cream or frozen yogurt for a special treat -- we like adding extra strawberries and bananas to chocolate!

The Steps:

Combine ingredients in blender until smooth. Garnish with extra strawberries, mint leaf, or a dab of whipped topping.

Try experimenting with other fruits -- peaches, saskatoons, cherries or mangos can all make an interesting twist.

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