May is National Strawberry Month, and in honor of it, Healthy Little Cooks want you to know all the fun ways you and your family can enjoy strawberries. Here is our top 10 list to the world’s sweetest, most versatile fruit:
1. On Top of Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a filling and ultra-healthy breakfast food. It goes great with fresh fruit, which makes adding strawberries a welcomed addition!
2. With Whipped Cream
A classic dessert is strawberries and cream. They go hand-in-hand, so break out your whisk and whip up some fresh whipped cream to dip with some fresh strawberries.
3. In Bread Recipes
Adding strawberries to a favorite bread recipe boosts its sweetness factor and gives it a naturally yummy flavor. Try mixing strawberries in with a banana bread recipe for a delicious fruit-based bread!
4. In Salsa Recipes
Strawberries in salsa may sound like a strange combination, but when mixed together with red onion, jalapeno peppers, lime juice, cilantro, and salt, it creates a tasty, well-balanced sauce.
5. Served with Pancakes
Pancakes (and waffles) are fun breakfast foods, especially when moms and dads use fun cookie-cutter shapes to design the breakfast item, but the syrup used on top is nothing but sugar. Try using chopped strawberries as a syrup-substitution. It’ll still taste sweet and have have a fun look to it, too.
6. In Sandwiches
Kids love eating pb&j sandwiches, but instead of using sugar-loaded jam or preservatives, keep it easy and just use strawberry slices. They’ll still get that great strawberry flavor with not nearly as much sugar content.
It’s a simple concept: just a frozen strawberry, but it’s a great option for snacking. It’ll take your kids longer to eat, which will cut down on their sugar-intake since they’re likely to eat less strawberries, but it’s also fun and very refreshing on hot summer days!
8. In Homemade Milkshakes
Making milkshakes at home is fun for the whole family and adding in strawberries not only gives your taste buds that yummy sweet taste but also boosts the health factor with the little red fruits’ natural dose of Vitamin C, Manganese, Fiber, Iodine, Folate, Copper, Potassium, Biotin, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Sweetness and good for you!
9. In Smoothies
With tons of options and combination possibilities, strawberries are the best fruit to include in smoothie recipes. Strawberries are the little black dress of fruits. They go well with everything!
10. Washed and Ready-to-Eat
There’s no better way to get more familiar with the natural taste and feel of a fresh, washed, ready-to-eat strawberry. Summer can be so sweet simply with a bowl of fresh strawberries to snack on!