Strawberries – The fruit of the summer

It is officially summer time! In honour of the summer solstice we decided to feature one of our favourite summer foods; strawberries.

Strawberries

Summer is definitely berry season and strawberries are nutritious and delicious and a fabulous source of Dietary Fibre and Vitamin C.

The small, ruby-red jewel of a fruit, so sweet and tasty, is packed with goodness!

Nutritiondata.com gives us the low-down on the nutritional content of this fabulous fruit:

With the following breakdown, 85% carb, 8% fat, 7% protein, strawberries are “very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. (They are) also a good source of Folate and Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C and Manganese,” nutritiondata.com.

Healthy fruit

Of course it is best to buy as local as possible and organic and the following stores source local, organic product:
– Community Natural Foods
– Amaranth
– Planet Organic
– The Calgary Farmer’s Market
– Crossroads Market
– Kingsland Farmers market

Calgary Farmers Market


There is a list of additional markets here: www.calgaryarea.com

So now that you have your hands on a pint of strawberries, aside from munching on them straight-up here are a few recipes you may wish to try out, from some of our favourite blog sites!

From the Gracious Pantry we bring you…

Clean Eating Strawberry Muffins

Strawberrie Muffins
(Makes approximately 18 muffins)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup safflower oil
  • 1 cup apple concentrate, no sugar added
  • 1 cup milk (any kind you use will be fine, I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 3 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 3 cups fresh strawberries, chopped

Directions

~Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Step 1 – In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and fresh strawberries. Set aside. (You want to coat the strawberries with flour so they don’t sink to the bottom of your muffins while baking)
  • Step 2 – In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, apple concentrate, milk, vanilla, and apple sauce.
  • Step 3 – Pour the liquid into the flour and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.
  • Step 4 – Spoon into muffin tins or papers and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin pulls out clean.
  • Step 5 – Allow to cool completely. These are not like other muffins where they taste best out of the oven. These truly do taste their best when they are completely cooled.

Eat and Enjoy!

Thank you to the source of this recipe: The Gracious Pantry

Next up from the same site, a beverage to quench your thirst after a hot day outside, a baseball game, a day at the beach, a picnic…

Strawberry Lemonade
Strawberrie Lemonade(Makes 8 cups)

Ingredients

  • 5 cups water
  • 1 lb. strawberries cleaned and stems removed
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • Juice of 2 limes

Directions

  • Step 1 – Warm 2 1/2 cups of water in a pot with the honey until well combined.
  • Step 2 – In a large pitcher, combine the remainder of the water, the honey water, lemon juice and lime juice.
  • Step 3 – Put your strawberries in a blender and blend until very smooth.
  • Step 4 – Put the strawberries through a fine meshed sieve. You’ll have to stir and press with a spatula to get it through the sieve completely.
  • Step 5 – Stir strawberry juice into the pitcher and stir well.
  • Step 6 – Chill and serve.

Drink and Enjoy!
Thank you again to The Gracious Pantry http://www.thegraciouspantry.com

And last but not least another refreshing snack that will have all the neighbourhood kids at your doorstep (drum roll please)…

Super Strawberry Popsicles
Strawberry Popsicles
Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh (or frozen, thawed) strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1/2 cup honey or agave syrup
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

    Instructions

    In a food processor, or blender combine the strawberries, honey and lemon juice. Process until smooth. Pour puree into moulds and put in freezer. Freeze until solid, at least 4 hours.

    Thank you to our source: Baked Bree

    Let us know of you try out these recipes and how you liked them!
    Happy Munching!

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