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Sweet strawberry treats
While strawberries start to ripen as early as March, you can get the juicy red berries fresh as late as October, making summer the perfect season for the most popular berry in the world.
Enjoy them straight out of the carton, or in strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie, strawberry jam, and more. With high levels of heart-protecting nutrients and 3 grams of fiber per serving, your body will enjoy these healthy strawberry recipes as much as your taste buds do!
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Can’t find white balsamic vinegar? Use regular balsamic or white wine vinegar.
Ingredients: Strawberries, shallot, white balsamic vinegar, honey, kosher salt, black pepper, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh tarragon, mixed baby lettuces, avocado, pine nuts
Try this recipe: Strawberry-Avocado Salad
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Chia seeds add protein and healthy fat—and thicken jam without tons of sugar.
Ingredients: Strawberries, rhubarb, chia seeds, honey, water, ginger, kosher salt
Try this recipe: Strawberry-Ginger-Chia Jam
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Strawberry-Lime Panna Cottas
A cup of strawberries has nearly 150 percent of your daily vitamin C.
Ingredients: Almond milk, gelatin, vanilla whole-milk Greek yogurt, strawberries, honey, lime juice
Try this recipe: Strawberry-Lime Panna Cottas
Strawberry-and-Arugula Salad With Crispy Prosciutto
The sweet-and-salty combination makes this salad a crowd-pleaser. Plus, with 8 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber, it keeps you full on fewer calories. Arugula, like other leafy greens, is rich in antioxidants.
Ingredients: Balsamic vinegar, honey, olive oil, salt, pepper, strawberries, red onion, prosciutto, arugula, goat or feta cheese
Try this recipe: Strawberry-and-Arugula Salad With Crispy Prosciutto
This lightened-up take on a classic cuts way back on calories and fat. Top with a scoop of fat-free vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt.
Ingredients: Calorie-free sweetener, cornstarch, orange juice, vanilla or almond extract, strawberries, sponge-cake dessert shells
Try this recipe: Strawberry Shortcakes
Cheesecake With Fresh Strawberry Sauce
Using low-fat cream cheese and egg whites instead of butter slashes the fat in this recipe to less than half of a traditional cheesecake recipe.
Ingredients: Sugar, vanilla wafers, salt, egg whites, cornstarch, cream cheese, vanilla extract, lemon juice, eggs, strawberries
Try this recipe: Cheesecake With Fresh Strawberry Sauce
Tropical Fruit Parfaits
This quick-and-easy breakfast parfait only looks indulgent. Greek yogurt promotes intestinal health, builds stronger bones, and may even boost your immunity. Add low-fat granola for a savory crunch.
Ingredients: Greek yogurt, honey, vanilla extract, papaya, pineapple, strawberries, granola
Try this recipe: Tropical Fruit Parfaits
Poppy Seed Fruit Salad
They may be tiny, but poppy seeds are packed with healthy unsaturated fats. For just a few calories, this effortless mix delivers a hearty dose of fiber and essential vitamins.
Ingredients: Orange-mango yogurt, poppy seed salad dressing, strawberries, pineapple, honeydew, cantaloupe, Boston lettuce
Try this recipe: Poppy Seed Fruit Salad
Mango is a rich source of fiber and A, B, and C vitamins. Ginger can soothe achy muscles and calm queasy stomachs.
Ingredients: Mango, strawberries, crushed ice, low-fat yogurt, crystallized ginger, honey
Try this recipe: Mango-Ginger-Strawberry Smoothie
Fruit and Vegetable Salad Supreme
With a creative mix of fruits and veggies, this heaping salad is rich in protein, fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants, and vitamin C. Knock out a good portion of your daily nutrient needs in one meal!
Ingredients: Asparagus, carrots, mixed greens, strawberries, balsamic vinaigrette, crumbled goat or feta cheese, pecan halves
Try this recipe: Fruit and Vegetable Salad Supreme
Merlot Strawberries With Whipped Cream
The wine in this recipe won’t get you tipsyboiling reduces the alcohol content drastically. Opt for a low-fat or fat-free whipped topping to slim down this recipe even more.
Ingredients: Merlot, lemon juice, honey, vanilla extract, strawberries, whipped cream
Try this recipe: Merlot Strawberries With Whipped Cream
Grand Marnier Meringue Torte
Whip up this healthier version of a birthday cake for your next celebration. Egg whites are low in cholesterol and fat, and a variety of berries ups the antioxidant content. Make the meringues up to three days before serving, but top with the filling and fruit just before you’re ready to eat.
Ingredients: Vanilla extract, cream of tartar, salt, egg whites, superfine sugar, whipped topping, Grand Marnier, orange rind, semisweet chocolate, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, mint sprigs
Try this recipe: Grand Marnier Meringue Torte
Fresh fruit naturally sweetens this refreshing summer sip, meaning you can cut back on some of the high-calorie liqueur in traditional recipes. Resveratrol, the famed antioxidant found in grape skins, may boost your metabolism and whittle your waistline.
Ingredients: Strawberries, peach, orange, lime, red wine, cherry liqueur, club soda
Try this recipe: Sangria