A Strawberry Breakfast Parfait recipe that is both nutritious and tasty! You can take this to-go for breakfast wherever you’re heading or you can make this a great option for on-the-go snacking later in the day. With fresh California strawberries, this parfait is great for whatever your strawberry-craving heart desires!
If you’re on the run often, keep the ingredients around for an easy option without compromising your nutritional value when snacking. Don’t let the every-day rush keep you from getting the nutritional support that will keep you fueled throughout your day! Strawberries are a nutritional powerhouse – they’re considered a functional food for their health promoting benefits and assistance in chronic disease management. You’ll be enjoying a lovely meal but you’ll also be sneaking in some extra health benefits in the shape of a really good strawberry surprise.
All it takes is 8 strawberries a day to enjoy the health benefits that they provide. You’re just one delicious cup of strawberries away from adding a nutritious supplement to your daily snacking. Sometimes a little change can make a big difference! Adding a few strawberries is the best way.
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. Look through for a healthy recipe roundup to keep you on top of your nutritional kick!
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.
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!
_ _ _ _ _ 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!
_ _ _ _ _ Making healthy easy is RD Jenna Braddock’s forte and it shines in this Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oatsrecipe, featuring frozen California strawberries. Simply prepare before bedtime and wake up to a healthy grab-and-go meal!
Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats
RD, Robin Plotkin, shares one of her favorite healthy lunch hacks − using sandwiches as an easy way to get your veggies and fruits in.
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.
When it comes to healthy eating, there seems to be so many complicated ideas on how to actually execute. Fortunately, healthy eating can be easy and doable, thanks to simply adding a single serving of California Strawberries: 8 A Day, 8 ways.
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:
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.
Strawberry Yogurt Parfait: Top 1/2 cup Greek yogurt with 8 chopped or sliced strawberries and 1/4 cup granola.
Smoothie: Blend 1/2 cup ice, 1 banana, 8 strawberries and 3/4 cup milk (more if needed).
Salad: Top spring mix with grilled chicken, sliced almonds, crumbled goat cheese and 8 sliced strawberries. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar for dressing.
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.
Cottage Cheese & Strawberries: Top 3/4 cup cottage cheese with 8 sliced or diced strawberries.
Crackers, Avocado & Strawberries: Top large whole grain crackers with mashed avocado and sliced strawberries.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Great for back-to-school time or summer rush, these six fresh strawberry toast recipes make perfect afternoon delights. These will surely please even your pickiest eater. Not only are these toasts great for little ones, but they’re pretty darn awesome for grown-ups too.
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.
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.
Berries + Basil/Mint + Cream Cheese
Cream cheese, strawberry slices, and blackberries topped with basil or mint leaves is a lovely combo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Check out more California Strawberry Recipes here!
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!
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!
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.
I’m fairly old school when it comes to recipes….I’ve got 4 key indicators of a good recipe:
the final product has to taste good -yes, this is my #1
the ingredients have to provide nutritional benefits to me and my family
the ingredients must be simple to find and the directions easy to follow
easy clean up
This recipe has all of that and more.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 strawberry 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
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
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
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
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!
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.
The fall and winter entertaining seasons are upon us. If you are like our family, in the next couple of months you’ll have more overnight house guests than normal, and might be looking for some delicious, make ahead breakfast options to feed all those extra mouths. A strawberries & cream French toast recipe is the way to go.
Whenever I have a full house, I like to do a big breakfast bake for the morning meal. This Strawberries and Cream French Toast Bake is one of those recipes you can prep ahead of time, put in your refrigerator, then bake right before you are ready to serve it. It is the perfect recipe for those busy mornings when you want to focus on the company you have seated around your table and not be stuck in the kitchen working hard to get a meal on the table.
This Strawberries and Cream French Toast Bake will definitely brighten up your brunch table too. Plus with more vitamin C than an orange and loaded with nutrients, the California strawberries in this recipe are a nutritious and versatile fruit to enjoy every day, including in the cooler months!
Fall may not be when you naturally turn to California strawberries in your baked goods, however, you should! With family farmers growing 90 percent of the nation’s strawberries in California, odds are the strawberries you’re enjoying came fresh from the Golden State – with mild and beautiful temperatures all year round. So throw out your ideas of what is expected in the fall, and instead bake up something delicious using fresh, California strawberries.
A flavorful French toast bake, perfect for a make ahead breakfast or brunch!
French Toast Bake
12 slices Texas Toast, cut into 1 inch cubes
2, 8oz packages cream cheese, cut into ½ inch cubes
1 cup fresh California strawberries, hulled and sliced
2 cups half and half
½ cup maple syrup
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tbsp cinnamon
Strawberry Cream Sauce
1 cup California strawberries, hulled and chopped
½ cup orange juice
1 cup sugar
¼ cup corn starch
3 tbsp water
½ cup half and half
To make the French Toast Bake:
Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Place half the bread cubes in a baking dish. Top with cream cheese cubes. Next, layer the sliced strawberries on top of the cream cheese, then place the remaining bread cubes over the strawberry layer.
In the jar of a blender, add the half and half and eggs. Blend until fully mixed.
Add the maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon and blend until smooth.
Pour mixture evenly over bread mixture. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
After refrigerated time is up, preheat oven to 350°F.
Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 30-40 minutes, or until bread is toasty and cream cheese has melted.
To make the Strawberry Cream Sauce:
While the French toast bake is cooking, place 1 cup strawberries, orange juice and sugar into a saucepan. Heat to a low boil.
In a separate small bowl, whisk together corn starch and water until smooth. Stir into the saucepan and cook over low until strawberry sauce has thickened.
Remove from heat and whisk in the half and half.
Remove the French Toast Bake from the oven, cut into slices and serve topped with Strawberry Cream Sauce.
Serving size: 252 g Calories: 576 kcal Fat: 34 g Saturated fat: 16 g Trans fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 57 g Sugar: 33 g Sodium: 486 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 14 g Cholesterol: 253 mg