We polled four top nutrition bloggers to find out how they plan to use strawberries in their own homes to amp up healthy eating for themselves, and their families, during the year. Here’s what we got!
4 Healthy-Eating Tips from 4 Dietitians
1. Just Add Strawberries, Jessica Levinson, Nutritioulicious
“Start fresh by making it your goal to add produce to every meal and snack. California strawberries make it easy to do so since they’re available all year round and add delicious flavor plus lots of nutrients. Add strawberries to your breakfast oatmeal, top salads with fresh, sliced strawberries for a taste of summer, pair strawberries with cheese or nuts for an afternoon snack, and roast some strawberries to top pasta like I do with my Lemon Ricotta Ravioli with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries. Think outside the box and you’ll come up with so many ways to add fruit and vegetables to your diet in 2016.” Jessica Levinson, Nutritioulicious
2. Make Smoothie Packets Ahead of Time, Elle Penner, According to Elle
For a super lower-sugar and nutrient packed breakfast, assemble several smoothie packets for the Clean Strawberry Smoothie pictured below. Simply slice and portion out the strawberries, bananas and cabbage in advance and stash in the freezer. Getting the prep work out of the way guarantees you a super healthy, nutrient-packed breakfast in less time and with less cleanup—perfect for busy mornings!”
3. Eat One Cup-a-Day, Anne Mauney, fANNEtastic Foods
“It’s officially the new year, and everyone is looking to eat healthier. One of my favorite ways to amp up the nutrition in my food is simply to just add 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, 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. Sounds like a healthy way to start the new year to me! I love topping my morning oatmeal (check out my Perfect Microwave Banana Oatmeal Recipe) with strawberries, and strawberries also add a nice pop of juicy flavor to salads, like my Strawberry and Fennel Barley Salad!”
4. Make Healthy Swaps, Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN
“Try using fresh strawberries instead of sugary fruit spreads (think jams, jellys, or preserves). Some of my favorite swaps: Almond butter and strawberry toast or toasted whole grain frozen waffles with cottage cheese, sliced strawberries and cinnamon.