Spicy Strawberry & Watermelon Gazpacho

Spicy Strawberry & Watermelon Gazpacho

Spicy Strawberry & Watermelon Gazpacho

If you could pull your eyes away from this beautiful photo, you may want to try this unique and flavorful gazpacho recipe, created by Kankana at Playful Cooking.

Spicy Strawberry & Watermelon Gazpacho
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Serves: 3 cups
 
This Spicy Strawberry Watermelon Gazpacho had roasted cumin seeds, fennel seeds and a few dashes of hot sauce for that lovely earthy spicy flavor. I just mixed everything and let it sit in the refrigerator for an hour or so, before blending it to a smooth consistency. Making gazpacho is so easy! It’s a perfect summer treat for sure.
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 3 cups hulled and quartered strawberries
  • 1 cup diced watermelon
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoon tabasco or hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt plus more to sprinkle while serving
  • Few basil leaves and slices of strawberries for garnish
Instructions
  1. Place a small pan on medium high heat and when it’s hot enough, scatter the fennel seeds and cumin seeds. Dry roast for a few seconds by shaking the pan every now and then. Once the color of the spices changes to a mildly darker shade, switch off the heat. Put the roasted spice in a mortar pestle and crush it to a fine dust.
  2. Take a big mixing bowl and drop the strawberries, watermelon, tomatoes, half of the onion, roasted and powdered spice, hot sauce, vinegar, salt and extra virgin olive oil. Mix it properly. Cover the bowl with a clear wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  3. Take it out of the refrigerator and blend it to a smooth consistency.
  4. Garnish with rest of the chopped red onion, strawberry slices and basil leaves. Sprinkle some kosher salt on top and drizzle extra virgin olive oil.


California Strawberry Quick Bread

This California Strawberry Quick Bread  is delicious warm out of the oven for breakfast or toasted the next day for a snack.

California Strawberry Quick Bread

California Strawberry Quick Bread
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup vegetable oil, plus more for greasing
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup quick cooking oats
  • ¼ cup flax seeds
  • 2 cups chopped California strawberries
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped walnuts, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease the inside of an 8 x 4½ inch loaf pan with vegetable oil and set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat together oil, eggs, vinegar and vanilla in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, place sugar, nutmeg, baking powder, salt, flours, oats and flax seeds. Stir to combine.
  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in egg mixture. Beat just until dry ingredients are moistened, about 15 seconds.
  5. Add strawberries and walnuts, mixing briefly just to combine. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool on a wire rack before slicing. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

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Strawberry Breakfast Parfait Recipe

A Strawberry Breakfast Parfait Recipe that is both nutritious and tasty!

Strawberry Breakfast Parfait Recipe

A healthy breakfast with California Strawberries is a great way to power up your day.

Strawberry Breakfast Parfait
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup graham cracker cereal, granola or favorite cereal
  • 1 cup non-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 pound California strawberries, stemmed and sliced Mint sprigs
Instructions
  1. In each parfait glass, layer 3 tablespoons cereal, ¼ cup yogurt and ⅛ cup strawberries.
  2. Repeat layers.
  3. Top with 1 mint sprig.

 

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CA Strawberries Healthy Recipe Roundup

Fresh or frozen, CA strawberries are a versatile fruit that can help you keep your healthy-eating resolutions in check. Available year-round and delicious in both sweet and savory dishes, strawberries offer a nutritional boost to any meal of the day.

For the New Year, we’ve enlisted four of our RD ambassadors − Regan Jones, Jenna Braddock, Robin Plotkin, and Caroline Kaufman − to create a roundup of #FreshorFrozen CA strawberry healthy recipe hacks that are perfect for the whole family, from breakfast to dessert.

BREAKFAST

Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats

Breakfast is the perfect opportunity to get your 8-a-day of California strawberries. Here are just a few fun new recipes you can try!

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Regan Jones, RD, serves up a Superfast Breakfast Strawberry Crisp, combining ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen in this quick how-to video. She starts with frozen California strawberries and ends up with a breakfast so delicious you’ll think you’re eating dessert!


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Making healthy easy is RD Jenna Braddock’s forte and it shines in this Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats recipe, featuring frozen California strawberries.
Simply prepare before bedtime and wake up to a healthy grab-and-go meal!

Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats

LUNCH

RD, Robin Plotkin, shares one of her favorite healthy lunch hacks − using sandwiches as an easy way to get your veggies and fruits in.

We’re loving this one in particular: Strawberry and Feta Stuffed Ciabatta Sandwich for the win!

Strawberry and Feta Stuffed Ciabatta Sandwich

DESSERT

RD, Caroline Kaufman, whipped up this simple dessert hack that makes keeping your healthy-eating resolutions more attainable. By indulging in healthier versions of your favorite desserts, it’s easy to satisfy your sweet tooth vs. depriving it.

Whole Grain Waffle Strawberry Shortcake − a handful of simple ingredients, fresh California strawberries … and no baking!



8 Ways to Eat 8 Strawberries A Day

8 Ways to Eat Strawberries

When it comes to healthy eating, there seems to be so many complicated ideas of how to actually execute.  Fortunately, healthy eating can be easy and doable, thanks to simply adding a single serving of 8 strawberries to your day.

Clinical research suggests eating just a serving of eight strawberries is good for the whole body, promoting heart health, diabetes management, supporting brain health, and reducing the risk of some cancers.

How can you get in 8 strawberries every day? Easy. Here’s 8 ways to eat 8 strawberries a day:

  1. Overnight Strawberry Oats: In a medium-size mason jar, combine 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, 3/4 cup milk and 8 chopped strawberries. Cover and chill overnight in the fridge. Enjoy for a grab and go filling breakfast.
  2. Strawberry Yogurt Parfait: Top 1/2 cup Greek yogurt with 8 chopped or sliced strawberries and 1/4 cup granola.
  3. Smoothie: Blend 1/2 cup ice, 1 banana, 8 strawberries and 3/4 cup milk (more if needed).
  4. Salad: Top spring mix with grilled chicken, sliced almonds, crumbled goat cheese and 8 sliced strawberries. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar for dressing.
  5. PB & Strawberry Roll-Up: Layer a whole grain, high fiber wrap with 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter and sliced strawberries. Roll up and slice into pinwheels.
  6. Cottage Cheese & Strawberries: Top 3/4 cup cottage cheese with 8 sliced or diced strawberries.
  7. Crackers, Avocado & Strawberries: Top large whole grain crackers with mashed avocado and sliced strawberries.
  8. Strawberry Flatbread: Top mini whole grain naan with fresh basil, sliced strawberries, and fresh mozzarella slices. Broil for 1-2 minutes, watching carefully. Drizzle with a balsamic reduction.

If you’ve never tried some of these combos, I’m telling you that it’s time!

Strawberry Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are so easy to make, so easy to eat the next day and so darn delicious. The natural sweetness of delicious strawberries are really all the flavor you need.

Peanut Butter and Strawberry Roll-ups

The PB & Strawberry roll-up answers that long debated question, “Should I use jelly or does it have too much sugar?” Problem solved by using naturally sweet, and low in sugar, California strawberries.

Smashed Avocado and Strawberry Crackers

While you might not know that avocado and strawberry go fantastic together, you will after trying them on a tasty cracker. This is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up snack.

Strawberry Basil Flatbread

And the flatbread…the flatbread!!! It’s strawberry magic. The balsamic reduction (I found it already made at the grocery store) is the icing on the cake, or the flatbread. This is a meal or appetizer you can have ready in under 10 minutes.

I’ve found that many of these ideas have become staples in our week as whether school time or the summer months. Thankfully, strawberries are available year-round!

By Jenna Braddock, RDN

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After School Strawberry Toasts Recipe

It’s back-to-school time and with these six fresh strawberry toasts recipe these after school snacks will surely please even your pickiest easier. Not only are these toasts great for little ones but pretty darn awesome for grown-ups too.

With school in full swing I have been the queen of toasts. It’s a great snack after school and before I take my kids to their practices or games. I’m sure you’ve seen the avocado toast obsession; well I think we need to start the strawberry toast craze.

Strawberries are naturally sweet but low in sugar, which is a win-win for everyone. Strawberries are easy to prepare, available year-round, and deliver exceptional nutrition and health benefits.

The best part is that if you can work a toaster you can make these satisfying snacks for back-to-school or better yet, let your children make them themselves. I have a feeling you might have some of these ingredients in your fridge or be inspired to make your own creations.

Watch this fun video to see all the creative ways you can improve your toast game.

Avocado + Strawberries + Queso Fresco + Olive Oil

This combo is my favorite – I can seriously eat avocado and strawberries with every meal. This toast is topped with slices of creamy avocados, sweet strawberries, salty crumbled queso fresco, and drizzled with olive oil.

Strawberry Toasts Recipe

 

Berries + Basil/Mint + Cream Cheese

Cream cheese, strawberry slices, and blackberries topped with basil or mint leaves is a lovely combo.

Strawberry Toast

 

Strawberries + Goat Cheese + Pomegranate + Balsamic

This one is my daughter’s favorite. She loves exotic flavors and the way the tangy, slightly salty goat cheese works with the balsamic-coated strawberries and pomegranate seeds on the crunchy, toasted bread is a thing of beauty.

Pomegranate Toast Recipe

Cottage Cheese + Strawberries + Walnuts + Honey

If you are not a fan of cottage cheese substitute with ricotta cheese. It’s a simple and satisfying combo and deliciously sweet with a drizzle of honey.

 

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Mango + Strawberries + Mozzarella + Tajin

I can’t have mango without a sprinkle of Tajin. This is my strawberry toast of choice when I’m feeling homesick.

 

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Strawberries + Almond Butter + Sesame Seeds

This one is my son’s favorite — a protein packed afterschool snack perfect before he heads to football practice. The almond butter will fill you up and keep you satisfied, loaded with vitamin C packed strawberry slices, and the sesame seeds are high in calcium.

 

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Check out more California Strawberry Recipes here!


PB & Strawberry Sushi

Begin this school year with a fresh new lunch idea from CA Strawberry Ambassador, Dietitian and Lunchbox-Packing Mom, Holley Grainger: PB & Strawberry Sushi!
All you need is 5 minutes and 3 ingredients! Your kids will love this fun and tasty lunch!

*Plus, check out our #StrawberrySummer Crate & Barrel giveaway below*

Just use PB & fresh strawberries, or an alternative to nut butters!

It’s hard to believe we are already heading back to school!  A new year calls for new backpacks, pencils, binders, and of course lunches. Whether you have been off of lunch duty for the summer, or you have been packing lunch for your kids’ summer camp, it’s always nice to have new lunch ideas. Sure a turkey and cheese sandwich is easy to make, but so are these PB & Strawberry Sushi Rolls. Ready in less than 5 minutes, everyone has time to throw these together. Best of all, I bet you already have most of the ingredients on hand.

All you need is a whole wheat flour tortilla, peanut butter, and strawberries. That’s it! Did you know that strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C? They even have more vitamin C per serving than an orange! This recipe calls for a cup of strawberries (this is about 8 strawberries). Clinical research suggests that eating a serving of eight strawberries is good for the whole body, promoting heart health, diabetes management, supporting brain health, and reducing the risk of some cancers.

Spread the peanut butter onto the tortilla. Add diced strawberries and roll the tortilla inward into a tight long roll. Make sure that you have peanut butter on the edge of the tortilla. This will help your roll stick together and will create a “seal”. Cut into 1 inch pieces with a sharp knife and serve with cut side facing up. You can add some flax or chia seeds to the roll for added nutrients. They can also be made with sunflower, almond, or cashew butter.

Serve with a crisp strawberry salad to add some crunch!

If you want to make this lunch really fun for the kids, send with chopsticks and a note that says, “You’re on a “roll” keep up the good work!” They will be so surprised and love the sweet note from you!

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PB & Strawberry Sushi
Recipe type: Lunch
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Serves: 1 sushi roll
 
Begin this school year with a fresh new lunch idea- Strawberry Sushi! All you need is 5 minutes and 3 ingredients! Your kids will love this fun and tasty lunch!
Ingredients
  • 1 whole wheat tortilla
  • 2 Tbsp natural peanut butter (can substitute with sunflower seed butter or almond butter)
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
Instructions
  1. Place tortilla on a cutting board and spread with peanut butter. Making sure the peanut butter reaches the edges.
  2. Dice the strawberries and place on the edge of the tortilla in a line.
  3. Roll strawberries in the tortilla. Ensure the edge is “sealed” with peanut butter.
  4. Cut roll into 1 inch squares and arrange on a plate/ lunch box with cut side facing up.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 379 Fat: 18 g Saturated fat: 4 g Unsaturated fat: 14 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 42 g Sugar: 11 g Sodium: 247 mg Fiber: 8 g Protein: 12 g Cholesterol: 0

 


Strawberry and Cinnamon Bowl Breakfast Recipe

Break the breakfast blues with this easy, and delicious, Strawberry and Cinnamon Bowl recipe from Robin Plotkin of Robin’s Bite! PLUS, a $100 Target giveaway below.

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I’m fairly old school when it comes to recipes….I’ve got 4 key indicators of a good recipe:

  1. the final product has to taste good -yes, this is my #1
  2. the ingredients have to provide nutritional benefits to me and my family
  3. the ingredients must be simple to find and the directions easy to follow
  4. easy clean up

This recipe has all of that and more.

  1. All I can say is I wish my blog had taste-o-vision.  This recipe is a go-to for my son and me for breakfast and snacks. The added cinnamon gives the yogurt a depth of flavor that’s a surprise to many.
  2. The main ingredients are packed with health. The strawberries are naturally sweet, but low in sugar (only 7 grams per cup) and provide the perfect combo of essential nutrients, dietary fiber and health-promoting phytochemicals.  In fact, there’s only 45 calories in 8 strawberries-it’s safe to say I consumed about 8 while making this recipe. Yes, the honey adds sugar, but you can decide how much or how little you’d like to add, if any. 0404161144_HDR
  3.  I had all of the ingredients in my house!  If I didn’t, I could find them easily at the grocery store and could purchase them at a reasonable cost.

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4. One bowl. One spoon. Need I say more?

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Strawberry Cinnamon Bowl Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup Greek Yogurt

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided

1 1/2 teaspoons honey, divided

1/4 cup fresh California strawberries, chopped

Place yogurt in a serving bowl. Add in 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon honey and mix well.  Top with chopped strawberries and drizzle with remaining honey – and sprinkle remaining cinnamon.

Makes 1 serving

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They’re actually nutritional powerhouses that make eating healthy … easy!

Enter our giveaway below and share your favorite strawberry fun fact
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Strawberry Toast 4 Ways

Strawberry Toast 4 ways

Whether it’s breakfast on-the-run or a mid-day snack, these recipes for simple, and yummy, strawberry toast from Jenna Braddock, RD, will inspire you to think outside the toaster!

Toast…

Whoever thought such a simple food idea would end up in the spotlight of food trends? Maybe that’s what makes “food trends” so fun; you just never know what the culinary gods will reinvent into something spectacular. Interestingly, this toast trend speaks to one of my personal food philosophies that delicious, healthy food does not need to be complicated.

I don’t consider myself a “trendy” person but I sure had a lot of fun coming up with 4 unique ways to use strawberries on toast. And while the toast part may be in-trend right now, strawberries are always trending in my opinion. Who doesn’t love to enjoy a big, juicy California strawberry?

California strawberries are more than just a beautiful food though. Research has found that eating just 8 strawberries a day can benefit your body by promoting heart health, supporting diabetes management and a healthy brain, and reducing the risk of some cancers. (Read more about how strawberry’s fiber content may reduce breast cancer risk.) In addition, strawberries are naturally sweet, but low in sugar which means they can totally help quench your sweet tooth all while doing your body good.

Here are two sweet and two savory toast options that can be enjoyed any time of the day.

Strawberry Goat Cheese Toast

Strawberry goat cheese toast

Toast a slice of whole grain, high fiber bread. Meanwhile, mix together 1 ounce of goat cheese with 8 small, chopped strawberries to create a spread. Spread on warm toast and top with about 10 shelled pistachios or nut of choice.

Cocoa Almond Butter Strawberry Toast

Cocoa Almond Butter Strawberry Toast

 

Toast a slice of whole grain, high fiber bread. Spread 2 tablespoons of almond butter on the toast. Layer sliced strawberries on top. Sprinkle with cocoa powder.

Avocado Balsamic Strawberry Toast

Avocado Balsamic Strawberry Toast

Toast a slice of whole grain, high fiber bread. In a small bowl, mash up 1/4 of a Hass avocado with a fork, then spread it on the toast. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese. Layer halved strawberries on top. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

Note: To make this toast just a little more awesome, reduce the balsamic vinegar. In a small sauce pan, bring 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar to a gentle simmer. Allow to simmer until it’s reduced by about 75%. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. Remove from heat and allow cool (even refrigerate if you have the time). The vinegar will be a syrupy consistency. Drizzle this on toast, or really almost everything. It takes a little more time but it so worth it!

Quick White Bean & Pepper Hummus Strawberry Toast

Quick White Bean & Pepper Hummus Strawberry Toast

Toast a slice of whole grain, high fiber bread. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup drained and rinsed white beans, 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, and a pinch of pepper (or more to taste) and mash with a fork. Spread hummus on toast and layer sliced strawberries on top. Top with chopped, fresh basil.

I hope you enjoy trying of these easy strawberry toast ideas and feel super trendy while you eat them. All of Team Braddock loved snacking on these and I know you will too!

For the love of simple, yet trendy, food,

Jenna

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Strawberry Overnight Oats

Strawberry Overnight Oats

If you feel too rushed to eat right, check out this recipe for Strawberry Overnight Oats from guest blogger Christy Wilson, RD!

As a registered dietitian, I have made a conscious effort to reach out to my community for the past several years to spread the word about the month-long nutrition campaign, National Nutrition Month (NNM) that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics started back in 1973.  It’s such a pleasure to do cooking demonstrations at elementary schools, speak to community organizations and find fun ways to remind everyone how eating well can benefit lives.

This year’s NNM theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” which encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives. One way I “savor the flavor of eating right” is by eating foods that taste good and are good for me and my family –  like delicious,  California Strawberries.

Did you know that only eight strawberries a day can support brain & heart health, help manage diabetes and reduce the risk of some cancers? Here are a few more fun strawberry facts:

  • One serving of strawberries (8 medium) has only 45 calories and more vitamin C than an orange
  • Strawberries contain blood pressure lowering potassium, folate, along with a variety of health-boosting antioxidants
  • In just 8 strawberries you get 3 grams of heart healthy fiber and a mere 7 grams of natural sugar

Although March is a busy time for many of us, eating nutrient rich foods should remain a priority. Including fruit, like strawberries, as part of everyday meals can keep you energized and healthy to tackle all the activities in our busy weeks.

One recipe that makes a great on-the-go breakfast or snack is my Strawberry Overnight Oats. Make several of these and you’ve got yourself a tasty and convenient breakfast for the week! Made with whole foods including sweet strawberries, rolled oats, chia seeds, Greek yogurt and honey, this recipe is one that will help keep you eating right all month (and all year!) long.

Strawberry Overnight Oats

Serves 1
Total Time: 8 hours
Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (also labelled Old Fashioned Oats)
  • 1 container (5.3 ounces) vanilla flavored Greek style yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 8 strawberries, chopped and divided into two servings
  • 1/3 cup light vanilla soy milk (or any milk of your choice)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds

Directions

  1. In a 16-ounce mason jar, add oats, yogurt, chia seeds, honey, four chopped strawberries, milk and cinnamon. Stir ingredients to combine and cover jar with a lid.
  2. Refrigerate oat mixture overnight or for 8 hours.
  3. To prepare oats, top mixture with remaining strawberries and top with sliced almonds.