Nutrition and Labeling - This Weeks Healthiest Food - STRAWBERRIES!

05-12-2008, 09:20 AM


Yumm. Yumm. Yumm.

For me, it doesn't really get any better then this fruit wise and even food wise. What a luscious taste treat. And oh so healthy. LOVE EM!!!

I eat them plain and in a variety of different salads. Can't get enough of them. If there's one downside, it's that they are quite perishable. Usually not a problem because we eat them up so quickly. Only thing is, they can't be bought much in advance. S'allright though. They're still #1 in my book.

05-12-2008, 09:33 AM
Strawberries are a staple at my house. I freeze them in 2 cup portions for shakes. One cup today and the next tomorrow.

05-12-2008, 10:06 AM
I eat strawberries almost every day. Frozen strawberries make an amazing smoothie addition. I also enjoy fresh strawberries when they are a decent price.

Fat Chick B Gone
05-12-2008, 11:54 AM
OMG I love strawberries. They've been so fresh and juicy lately. I buy in bulk when they're on special, wash, cut and freeze so I almost always have them on hand!

05-12-2008, 12:35 PM
Oh yessss!

I just came home with a 2 pound box and I know they won't survive here for long. I've snacking on a lot of strawberries these past weeks and they have helped me out of many a sweet craving in the process.

I love to eat them just like that or mixed up with a little nonfat yogurt and maybe a tiny pinch of brown vanilla sugar. Another great combination for me is to have them with arugula and a creamy homemade balsamic vinaigrette - yum!

05-12-2008, 01:10 PM
Heeeeeey where's the link? ;)

I just bought some strawberries the other day, I love them.

05-12-2008, 02:40 PM
Heeeeeey where's the link? ;)

I just bought some strawberries the other day, I love them.

Oooh sorry bout that. Thanks LLV. I'll go edit my original post and pop it in there.

05-12-2008, 03:02 PM
I love strawberries, but since berries are one of the dirty dozen I'll only eat organic. The organic ones in the stores don't look so good yet and they won't show up at our farmer's market for awhile. :( They are one of my favorite fruits!

05-12-2008, 03:25 PM
The dirty dozen? Huh?

Something tells me I'm not going to like the answer.

05-12-2008, 03:39 PM

Basically, these are foods that you absolutely should buy organic or not buy at all. I had previously read that strawberries do contain more pesticides than any other food. I can't give them up though so I take my chances.

05-12-2008, 06:27 PM
Just a quick storage tip- If you have a large gallon glass jar, put the strawberries in when you get home (unwashed!) If there is a gap between the berries and the lid, stuff a paper towel in (it will absorb moisture that leads to yucky berries- change out when it feels moist, and wipe the glass if it has condensation). Store in fridge. Have had them remain lovely for 10 days (at which time they were all eaten, so could have gone longer)

05-12-2008, 10:54 PM
Hmmm, I'm not much of a strawberry fan. I only eat them if my beloved raspberries aren't available. But I do have a fabulous and easy recipe for brandied strawberry jam (no boiling water required).

Brandied Strawberry Jam
5 cups strawberries (about 28 oz), halved (or quartered, if large)
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
4 tbsp brandy
1 tsp vanilla

Combine strawberries, sugar, and 3 tbsp brandy and bring to simmer over medium heat. Simmer until the mixture reaches a jam-like consistency. Stir in remaining 1 tbsp brandy and vanilla and simmer for a minute or so longer. Store in the refrigerator for several weeks (freeze if you need to store it longer).

It makes a great topping for yogurt, pancakes, cottage cheese, muffins (and toast, of course :lol:). You should get around 1 1/2 cups of jam and it comes in at around 35 calories per tablespoon.

05-13-2008, 12:35 AM
Strawberries :yes: :yes: :yes:

05-13-2008, 12:38 AM
When it comes to strawberries I turn into a little :ink: I have been known to eat pounds of the stuff in one sitting :D

05-13-2008, 12:47 AM
Just set out 50 new plants, all organically grown, of course. :)
Can't wait until I have vine ripe berries. :hun:

05-19-2008, 10:04 AM
I really should grow strawberries, I love them so! I wanted to check in on this though because I got strawberries this week from my CSA and they are some of the best strawberries I've ever had. Nothing beats organic, fresh strawberries :)

05-19-2008, 12:54 PM
Nelie - I agree! We are getting strawberries here (have been for about a month) at our farmer's markets, and MAN, they're incredible. Just compare the inside of a ripe, local, organic berry to the inside of a huge, conventionally grown supermarket berry. The supermarket berries have so much WHITE inside, and the locals are just solid red, all the way through.

I love this time of year. I get so spoiled.

gothik butterfly
05-19-2008, 01:29 PM
i LOVE strawberries! but i hardly ever crave fruit in general!

I bought strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries when I went grocery shopping last night. I am quite sure I'm either going to have to freeze some of it or force myself to eat them - even eating them in my plan I don't think I'll be able to eat them all before they spoil.

Anyone have any good ideas for eating strawberries other than just by themselves as a snack? Would a smoothie with strawberries in the morning along with my yogurt and string cheese be better than a cup of coffee?

Any other ideas?

Also, worried about the more fruit I eat, the more sugar I might crave. What do you think?

05-19-2008, 02:45 PM
Personally, I wouldn't 'waste' fresh strawberries on a smoothie, I do use mass amounts of frozen strawberries in smoothies though. You could do it though :)

You could also mix cut strawberries into your yogurt.

Also, I've never found natural sugars in fruit make me crave sugar. I eat a lot of fruit but it is a different feeling than if you are eating sugary unnatural stuff.

05-20-2008, 09:56 AM
I love strawberry season! I eat them with my nonfat lite yogurt, topped with some fiber one cereal for some extra crunch. Another fabulous treat is to toast a low fat whole grain waffle, top with fresh berries and a sprinkle of Splenda, then drizzle on some sugar free pancake syrup. Yum!

06-08-2008, 03:37 PM
I love strawberries - I like them in smoothies, in salads and I have been making fruit salsa lately and have been putting them in the salsa - very very yummy!

I have not been eating pancakes lately - but I used to love putting them on there. I have a girlfriend who puts them on her oatmeal.

06-08-2008, 05:40 PM
I love strawberries! I'll cut them up and take them to work. Sometimes I'l eat them with a tub of YoPlus vanilla yogurt, which tastes a lot like pudding. The combination is the most fantastic, filling desert.