Strawberries are the favorite fruit of many. This delightfully sweet berry is not only delicious, it contains a number of health benefits.
According to the Encylopedia of Healing Foods, strawberries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K, dietary fiber, and also a good source of manganese, pantothenic acid, vitamin B1, and iodine.
Strawberries are also a good source of folic acid, biotin, and Vitamin B6.
The intense red color of strawberries is mostly due to their high flavonoid content (anthocyanidins in particular).
These flavonoids make strawberries useful in fighting inflammation, cancer, and heart disease.
Strawberries are an excellent treat for those trying to cut down on refined sugar consumption. The sweetness of fresh, ripe strawberries is quite satisfying to most any sweet tooth.
Strawberries are a delicious treat all on their own, but if you'd like to prepare some in a special way, here are 45 real-food recipes to get you started!
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Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt and Sherbet
Roasted Strawberry Goat Cheese Ice Cream @ More than Mundane
Homemade Springtime Strawberry Fro-Yo @ Gidget Goes Home
Chunky Strawberry Chocolate Ice Cream @ Just Making Noise
Rich Berry Sherbet @ Gidget Goes Home
Strawberry Creamsicle Popsicles @ The Nourishing Gourmet
Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream Bars @ Mommypotamus
Snacks and Treats
Balsamic Roasted Strawberries @ Better with Cake
How to dehydrate fruit (including strawberries) @ Kitchen Stewardship
How to Make Strawberry Fruit Roll-ups @ Kitchen Stewardship
Chocolate Covered Strawberries @ The Nourishing Gourmet
Berry Sauce @ 100 Days of Real Food
Creamiest Strawberry Flan @ The Nourished Kitchen
Strawberry Pineapple Oatmeal Bake @ Just Making Noise
Strawberry Breakfast Cookie @ Natural Fertility and Wellness
Strawberry and Banana Peanut Butter Pancakes (Vegan) @ Running on Real Food
Strawberry Coconut Milk Pancakes (Gluten Free, Grain Free) @ Mee Tracy
Strawberry Mango Breakfast Smoothie @ Sally's Baking Addiction
Baked Strawberry Rhubarb French Toast Casserole @ My Humble Kitchen
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Muffins, Cakes, and Pies
Strawberry Chia Muffins @ Keeper of the Home
Strawberry Streusel Muffins (Grain Free) @ Mommypotamus
Strawberry Shortcake Muffins (Gluten Free, Dairy Free option) @ The Nourishing Home
Strawberry Shortcake Pie (Gluten Free) @ The Nourishing Home
Southern Style Strawberry Shortcakes @ The Nourishing Home
Strawberry Coconut Muffins with Strawberry Cream Cheese @ Just Making Noise
Strawberry Scones @ Whole New Mom
Strawberry Pie (Gluten Free) @ Recreating Happiness
Naturally Sweetened Lemon Cake with Strawberry Spread and Italian Meringue Icing @ My Humble Kitchen
Strawberry Spinach Salad @ Live Renewed
Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Homemade Poppyseed Dressing @ The Greenbacks gal
Strawberry Salad with Speck and Halloumi @ Jamie Oliver
Strawberry Kale Salad with Nutty Granola Croutons @ Cookie and Kate
Clean Eating Strawberry Vinaigrette @ The Gracious Pantry
Strawberry Watermelon Slushie @ Live Renewed
Green Tea Berry Smoothie @ A Delightful Home
Strawberry Spinach Smoothie with Banana and Gelatin @ Real Food Outlaws
Strawberry Lemonade @ Nourishing Simplicity
Strawberry Milkshakes @ The Nourished Kitchen
Strawberry, Lime, Cucumber, and Mint Water @ Back to Her Roots
Strawberry Chia Seed Jam @ Red and Honey
Naturally Sweetened Freezer Jam @ DIY Natural
Strawberry Honey Jam (canned without pectin) @ 100 Days of Real Food
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam @ Simple Bites
Strawberry Jam (with apples, honey, and orange) @ Deliciously Organic
Strawberries and Cream Birthday Party @ Gidget Goes Home (so cute!)
Strawberry Face Masks @ Beautylish
How to freeze Strawberries @ Surviving the Stores
What is your favorite way to eat strawberries?
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