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.
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.
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.
4. One bowl. One spoon. Need I say more?
Strawberry Cinnamon Bowl Recipe
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
Spring Giveaway! $100 Target Gift Card
Did you know? CA strawberries are more than just a pretty face.
They’re actually nutritional powerhouses that make eating healthy … easy!
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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
Total Time: 8 hours
Prep Time: 15 minutes
1/2 cup rolled oats (also labelled Old Fashioned Oats)
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.
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.
To encourage you to start thinking about baking with California strawberries this fall, California Strawberries is sharing a giveaway.
For a chance to win an 8-piece Le Creuset Baker Set head over to California Strawberries’ giveaway page! For bonus points, share a link to your favorite baked strawberry dish (from your favorite blog, recipe site or even CA strawberries) in the comments below!
A flavorful French toast bake, perfect for a make ahead breakfast or brunch!
For the 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 Tablespoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
For the syrup:
1 cup California strawberries, hulled and chopped
½ cup orange juice
1 cup sugar
¼ cup corn starch
3 Tablespoons water
½ cup half and half
For 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.
For 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.
When I was a kid, I used to LOVE strawberry milk. Thinking about it now, I kind of cringe – tons of sugar, artificial color and flavor, and who knows what else. But then I thought – why not create a healthy homemade version of our old classic favorite, this time using real strawberries? Just in time for back to school season, too!
Unlike the processed strawberry milk on the market, this creamy, delicious version includes real California strawberries. Strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange and are packed with essential vitamins, dietary fiber, potassium and health-promoting phytochemicals. In fact, did you know that research suggests eating just 1 cup of strawberries a day may improve heart health, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of some cancers and support brain function? Sweet. Now that is an after school snack everyone can feel good about!
For a unique take on strawberry milk, this recipe is actually dairy free and made with homemade cashew milk! Have you ever tried to make cashew milk at home before? Turns out it’s quite easy – all you need are cashews, water, and a high speed blender! The first step is to soak the cashews in water overnight so they become soft and are more easily blended. The next morning, simply drain them and rinse. Then, you are ready to make cashew milk!
Pop the softened cashews into a blender with more water (full recipe details below), and blend until smooth (usually a couple minutes). Then, add your strawberries and a little pure maple syrup to taste. If you’d like the milk sweeter, add a full tablespoon of maple syrup. For less sweet, try a half tablespoon. Up to you! Blend another couple minutes until smooth.
Depending on how efficient your blender is, you may want to strain the strawberry milk before serving. This is optional!
Serve cold and enjoy! This creamy and slightly sweet treat will make a great healthy afternoon snack for both kids and parents. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week; just shake it before serving in case settling occurs.
If you’re not feeling the cashew milk thing, don’t have cashews on hand, or don’t want to wait until tomorrow to make this recipe (because the cashews need overnight soaking), feel free to simply make this recipe using whole milk or any store bought alternative milk (like almond or soy milk). Just skip steps 1 and 2 of the recipe, and add about 3 cups of your choice of milk to the blender with the strawberries and pure maple syrup. The possibilities are endless!
Here’s the recipe – and be sure to check below for a giveaway, too!