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Strawberries Always

Who else loves strawberry season?! Last week we picked strawberries. We came home with buckets of berries, and have been busy in the kitchen making strawberry-filled creations.

Strawberries are not only sweet and delicious, but they are low in calories and full of vitamins and minerals. Strawberries are a great source of Vitamin C, an antioxidant necessary for immunity and skin health. A serving of strawberries (3.5 ounces) provides 2g of fiber, which is important for gut health. Strawberries are also a good source of Potassium, Manganese, and Folate. Health benefits of incorporating strawberries into your meal plan may include reduced cholesterol, blood pressure, inflammation, and oxidative stress.

What is your favorite way to eat strawberries? Try adding strawberries this week to your salads, yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, drinks, dips, and even desserts.

Below is one recipe we made using our fresh strawberries. At only 100 calories per serving, this delicious dessert is a great way to satisfy that sweet tooth without over-indulging. We love a low-calorie treat! Check out our Instagram @CondrenFamilyNutrition to see the full video here:

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars:

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp kosher salt
6 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 cups small-diced strawberries
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp. granulated sugar 

For glaze (optional):
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp milk

See full recipe & directions here:

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