Strawberries are indeed a food of love. Not only do they have a red pigment, have certain types that are heart-shaped, but they can boost our immune systems, which is definitely an act of love. In this fast-paced society, where we are constantly on the go, dealing with strange weather patterns, eating tons of processed foods, there’s no wonder our bodies need an occasional boost from time to time. The immune system is central to our overall well-being just as the digestive system. And strawberries are an excellent fruit to kick off that boost we so desperately need nowadays.
Strawberries can be purchased all year long. They can be eaten by themselves or in many delicious recipes. In other words, they are an extremely flexible fruit. Many cities in the United States have their own annual Strawberry Festivals to celebrate this superb fruit.
As many of us already know, strawberries are loaded with antioxidants that fight free radicals in the body. Free radicals are little pests that can damage our cells, which can lead to chronic illnesses. Strawberries can actually help fight certain types of cancers as well when eaten regularly. The key is consistency.
While there are many foods along with strawberries that can help fight illness, it is consistency with eating these fruits and other foods that ensure their long-term effects for our overall health. In addition to antioxidants, strawberries possess a number of nutrients, such as vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, and omega 3 fatty acids to name a few. (Source: Farmersalmanac.com)
With the popularity of the raw vegan lifestyle, strawberries are in high demand as a superfood in many ways. It is a living food. And the health benefits are immeasurable at the very least. One of the most fun ways I’ve been enjoying strawberries are in smoothies, along with healthy greens, a banana, and a splash of water, yogurt, or organic fruit juice.
During these economic times, many would say that buying fresh fruit is far too expensive, plus they don’t keep for a very long time, not even in the refrigerator. One way I’ve found to keep strawberries and other berries healthy and as fresh as possible is to freeze them. All you have to do is use zip-up storage and freezer bags. Be sure to rinse your strawberries and remove the stems from on top of them, so they’ll be ready. Place them in a storage freezer bag and put them in the freezer. From my experience, they should last several months, especially if the storage bag is vacuum-sealed as well.
When you’re ready to make a smoothie, just pop several into a blender with your favorite leafy greens, banana, and water and you’re good to go.