Did you know that May is National Strawberry Month? Everyone loves strawberries! So it’s really not surprising that this little red, yummy fruit is being celebrated! Why not? Strawberries are *packed with vitamins, fiber, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols, and are a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food. They are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity and are a good source of manganese and potassium. Just one serving — about eight strawberries — provides more vitamin C than an orange.
So, I was thinking about how to celebrate National Strawberry Month and I came up with going strawberry picking! Picking strawberries with my kids are so much fun, and my kids love picking and eating the strawberries too!
If you want to go strawberry picking, you can find a farm near you here: http://www.pickyourown.org/strawberries.htm
And to celebrate National Strawberry Month here at Hip Mama’s Place, I picked five of my favorite strawberry recipes to share with you all … and they are all delicious and healthy!
Whole-Grain Waffles with Sliced Strawberries and Yogurt – make your own whole-grain waffles and top them off with sliced fresh strawberries and low-fat yogurt and you have yourself a delicious, healthy breakfast! Full recipe here.
Strawberry Parfaits – an easy to make and prep, no-bake yummy strawberry treat that’s yumm-o any time of the day! Full recipe here.
Strawberry and Spinach Salad – this salad is a must-have in my family during the summer and Spring. My parents in-law love this salad so much they personally request this from me all the time whenever we get together for dinner at my house or theirs. For the dressing, I use balsamic vinaigrette, although the Honey Mustard is really yummy too! Full recipe here.
Delicious Low-Fat Strawberry Banana Muffins – very easy to make.. makes for a delicious breakfast or pm snack for everyone and a healthier alternative from store-bought cupcakes! Full recipe here.
Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake – I mean… how can your mouth not water with this yummy strawberry shortcake goodness? Jessica Gavin has the full recipe here.
*Source: WebMD.com: Nutritional Benefits of the Strawberry
Happy strawberry picking and cooking/baking the strawberries you picked! 🙂
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About the Author: Jocelyn Cañasa-Brown is a working mom of two boys and is a recognized blogger and mom influencer in the Washington, DC area. In her spare time, she designs and creates her own handmade jewelry, maintains her jewelry store on Etsy and is an active moms group organizer and leader both online and offline. Hip Mama’s Place was nominated for Parents 2011 Best All-Around Mom Blog and named one of the Highest Rated Blogs and Sites on Nickelodeon ParentsConnect for the Washington, DC area. Follow Jocelyn on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.