May 18, 2009

The Seasonal Sale of Strawberries

In keeping with what has been on sale in the local supermarket flier, this week's special was strawberries.

They do not ripen in our area of the country until late next month, but we are enjoying the harvest from the states further to our south.

We have been purposefully trying to plan our meals around what is on special each week at the market, and have been finding that the items in season are the ones that are the best deal.

This week these strawberries will make a great addition to our salad as well as making a longtime favorite - Strawberry Shortcake.

Making low-fat biscuits and topping the berries with a squirt of low-fat whipped cream, these berries will be a special treat.

And a healthy one too.

Each serving of these berries provides a host of antioxidants that help fight cancer and heart disease as well as delaying the onset of aging.

They are packed full of vitamin C and potassium. They are also a good source of dietary fiber.

So as far as nutrition goes, strawberries are given the highest overall nutrition rating - right up there with spinach and blueberries.

A great deal and a great treat - I can't wait!

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