National Pick Strawberries Day

May 20th is National Pick Strawberries Day and the main strawberry season is April through June, but are available at your local grocer all year.

Personally, I LOVE strawberries! And as a little kid with type 1 diabetes, strawberries were my absolute favorite fruit because I was allowed a whole cup of them in one sitting! Also, they tasted great, so JACKPOT! As an adult I still love strawberries, but now appreciate them for a variety of reasons besides taste and serving size.

The health benefits of strawberries and how to enjoy them

I also appreciate the nutritional value of strawberries:

  • One cup of strawberries has 49 calories, 3 grams of what they call heart healthy fiber, and 12 grams of carbs – 15 grams of carbs if you eat a 1 and 1/4 cup serving!
  • And according to the various articles I’ve read on this magnificent fruit, 1 cup of strawberries contains a days worth of vitamin C!
  • Speaking of vitamins, these berries aren’t just loaded with vitamin C but are also rich in potassium and magnesium, both of which are heart healthy!
  • As far as antioxidants, and foliates, strawberries are full of them — good for us in all dimensions — diabetes, heart, eyes, bones.

And personally, strawberries are easy on my blood sugars and I never feel deprived when I’m eating strawberries, and that’s important!

I also appreciate the versatility of strawberries. Lets face it, as much as I love hot peppers, they don’t go with everything! Strawberries taste great in salads, with a pork or chicken dish, they make amazing smoothies — cut and freeze your berries and give your smoothie a frozen yogurt feel. Speaking of, sneaking a few strawberries in plain Greek yogurt gives it new life! And strawberries with a few dark squares of chocolate go along way in the “sweet” and “decadent” departments!

Strawberries also taste great on their own, freshly rinsed and straight from the bowl. To me, there’s something decadent about eating a bowl (1 cup serving) of strawberries, even though there’s nothing decadent about it at all!

So if you can’t go out pick fresh strawberries on May 20th, that’s OK, you can still enjoy them!

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