Strawberries are succulent, sweet and nutritious. This is the understatement of the year as a nutritional analysis of strawberries revealed that these red fruits have higher levels of vitamin c, fiber, folate and potassium compared to bananas, apples and yes, even oranges! In fact, a study has shown that the overall antioxidant properties of strawberries are approximately 12 times greater than that of green tea.
Unfortunately for us, it seems like it just doesn’t matter how “healthy” strawberries may be for us, because the ever-popular yellow berry is less than a quarter of the strawberry value. As irritating as it might be to drink juice daily, it is recommended that you do so with strawberry smoothies.
As for the preparation of such drinks, you may have an idea of the basic procedures already. Remember, fruits have high water content, and this will naturally extract the juice from the pulp. All you’ll have to do is cut the fruit into little pieces, stir the juice into a thin pulp and add some sugar to taste.
However, when it comes to preparing the actual fruit, here’s some extra instructions that may help you make the best strawberry smoothies:
1. Split the strawberries in halves and remove the petals. Use a spoon or knife to scrape out the embryo from the top of the cup. Use a spoon to extract the rest of the strawberries meat.
2. Place the scraped-out meat into a blender with the rest of the fruit and according to your preference. Puree the fruits and then add the pureed meat, 1 or 2 at a time, blending well until all the fruit is well blended. Then serve.
3. Take the smoothie or juice mixture and add about 4 cups of water or skim milk, 1 cup sugar or equivalent amount of sweetener if you like, and then blend until the consistency is the same as peanut butter. You can adds chopped walnuts if you like.
4. converts a plain non-fat yogurt into a coagulated product. Add oil and blend. Then serve.
5. To make a whipped frosting with strawberries, pre-heat the oven to about 250 degrees Celsius and spray a mini muffin tin with some non-stick spray. Add a layer of strawberry butter on top of the frosting.
This is a recipe that we have created together, based on a well known blend of ingredients. It makes a single serve, but if you make several flavors of strawberry smoothies, you can cut it into individual servings-this way you can even make it ahead that morning, pop it in the fridge and be ready to serve a delectable dessert!
Healthy And Delicious
What’s so good about strawberries? The first great thing is that they are packed with vitamin C, dietary fiber and antioxidants.
The Dietary Fiber in the berries is what lends weight to satiety (fullness) so that it consumes energy rather than sending it right out of your system. It has also been found to lower cholesterol levels in the body.
iked to be an aphrodisiac and even supposedly lowers the risk of age related macular degeneration. So that’s two big no no’s in our desserts category.
Strawberries are also highly rich in potassium, magnesium and iron which not only addsioxidants into the body but also helps keep our blood pressure normal.
What do you do with them? Strawberries should be eaten raw or properly prepared (let it sit) will not cause weight loss however if you choose to eat them with sugar, eat them in moderation. The vitamins and minerals found in strawberries are potent ones and are beneficial to our health, so why not make the best out of it.
In addition to my personal favorites, strawberries are also a great ingredient for smoothies: Put the ingredients into a blender and power it up. Or if you’re feeling more imaginative try a chocolate strawberries or a mango strawberries combine and garnish with some edible gold at the top.
As far as fruit goes, strawberries come in both red and strawberry types so you can have the fun of picking out the best type to make your drink. They’re also quite versatile. I’ve never grown tired of trying strawberry smoothies made by combining strawberries with bananas, blueberries and cream.
This article wouldn’t be complete without linking to one of my favorite books on all things strawberry. It’s called “The Art of Strawberryguestbery” and goes into great detail about strawberries and their history.