Superfood Strawberries

Superfood Strawberries
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When the summer is not yet here and winter is on its way out, a short period of 4-5 weeks sees the Indian markets flooded with Strawberries.

When the summer is not yet here and winter is on its way out, a short period of 4-5 weeks sees the Indian markets flooded with Strawberries.

Those luscious red fruit which are grown in Mahabaleshwar and other similarly high areas, appear on the fruit carts and aisles in the supermarket. Strawberries have a lot of story and drama associated with them. Due to the timing of their appearance in the markets, they are just in time for Valentine’s Day and are a hot favourite to be eaten dipped in melted chocolate, baked into cupcakes or as dessert.
It is easy to see why they are so popular. They look good, the shiny red colour is attractive, and the sweet and tart taste makes them perfect for snacking, adding them to salads or breakfast. A look at the nutritional element of these fruit tells us that they are nutritional powerhouses and pack in quite a punch. The fruit are a major source of anti-oxidants.
An anti oxidant prevents the chain reaction of oxidisation and prevents cell damage. How this is beneficial to the body is that anti oxidant foods, they help defend cell structures and protect the organs of the body. Strawberries are high in vitamin C. Infact eight strawberries provide more Vitamin C than an average orange. They are also high in their fibre and manganese content.
Numerous studies have shown that strawberries offer protection against many cancers including breast and colon cancer. What’s more is that these little fruit could help in weight management by regulating appetite and increasing fat burning. If this is not enough to prompt you to reach for a bowl of fresh strawberries, then check out these easy recipes to enjoy this beautiful and beneficial fruit. Eating the fruit raw and fresh is best; however the classic way to preserve a fruit’s goodness is by converting it into jam or preserves.
Ingredients:Fresh Lettuce Leaves drained 1 cup Fresh Strawberries, hulled and sliced 1 cup Cucumber, peeled and chopped into cubes 1 Sunflower seeds/ Almonds or Pistachios 2 tbsp Onion, sliced thinly ½ Virgin Olive (extra) oil 2 tbsp Salt and pepper to taste Fresh lemon juice 1 tsp Honey 1 tsp
• Whisk all the ingredients for the dressing together.
• Toss half the dressing with the strawberries, cucumber, onion and set aside.
• When ready to serve, place the lettuce on a serving plate, top with the strawberries and drizzle the remaining dressing on top.
• Scatter the sunflower seeds or other nuts before serving. Oats 1 cup Chilled fresh yogurt 1 cup Honey 1 tbsp Strawberries, sliced 1 cup Banana sliced 1 Assorted dried nuts ¼ cup
• Put the yogurt in a fine sieve and set aside for 10 minutes till the water drains out.
• Whisk the yogurt with the honey till there are no more lumps.
• Take two glasses, and layer the parfait evenly. The first layer at the bottom is oats, place two tablespoons of yogurt on the oats, layer with fruit and sprinkle some nuts.
Repeat till the glass is full. Chill before serving. Strawberry Banana Breakfast Parfait
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