With everyone hunkered down for the long haul, snacking habits seem to have veered toward the fast and furious – and fattening.
It could be we’re all looking for some comfort. Why not reach for a taste of hope, something sweetly sensational and good for you?
Strawberries are boldly-colored little jewels of the earth, flavorful, healthful and the perfect snacking secret. They’re low in sugar and calories and high in nutritional goodness – unlike the processed snacks that we may all be overdoing.
Choosing Healthy Snacks
Keeping fresh produce readily available makes for quick, easy and smart snacking.Strawberries are delicious and nutritious by the handful – only 50 calories per one serving of eight strawberries. Fresh strawberries are great in both sweet and savory dishes. As we spend more time indoors and in the kitchen trying new recipes, consider preserving strawberries too, it’s a productive and delicious use of ‘good old fashioned’ family time.
“Plant-based foods are key to a good diet and essential for our overall health,” says registered dietitian Nicole Osinga, “and now more than ever, while we’re housebound and constantly snacking, it’s important to make healthful food choices.”
The fact that a serving of strawberries is an excellent source of vitamin C, as much as one orange, and is a source of fiber, makes them even sweeter.
To create healthful habits, keep a bowlful of fresh strawberries on the counter and your family will naturally reach for them. If there are any left, try a home-baked strawberry tart or treat recipe. It’s all about balance, especially during these trying times.
Check out these delicious recipes:
Balsamic and Parmesan Strawberry Bites
Transform an already beautiful strawberry into an extraordinarily delicious bite-sized snack topped by parmesan crisp.
These savoury and satisfying tartlets layer basil pesto, Cambozola cheese and juicy strawberries in kalamata shortbread cradles.