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May: National Strawberry Month

By |2018-08-09T15:04:41+00:00May 15th, 2014|

It is well known that May brings flowers, but did you know May also brings the month of the Strawberry? Strawberries, which are a member of the rose family, are the first fruit to ripen each spring. According to the US Department of Agriculture, the typical American consumes 4.85 pounds of strawberries per year.

These small bright red berries are known for their sweet taste and they are also are packed full of nutrients. Strawberries are low in calories and have the added benefit of fiber and antioxidants. Just one cup of strawberries contains 160% of your daily value of vitamin C.

Check out the nutrients in one cup of strawberries:

  • 50 calories
  • 11.65 grams carbohydrate
  • 3.81 grams dietary fiber
  • 23.24 mg calcium
  • 0.63 mg iron
  • 16.60 mg magnesium
  • 31.54 mg phosphorus
  • 44.82 mg potassium
  • 1.16 mg selenium
  • 94.12 mg vitamin C
  • 29.38 mg folate
  • 44 IU vitamin A.

Strawberries have many proposed health benefits including reducing risk of cancer, depression, hypertension, inflammatory diseases, and stroke.

How to Pick Your Berries

When selecting strawberries look for berries which are bright in color and firm, avoid berries which are leaking or showing signs of mold. Strawberries should be stored in a refrigerator and are best when used within two to three days.

Celebrate National Strawberry Month today by trying this tasty strawberry soup recipe.

Strawberry Soup (Makes 4 Servings)

3 cups sliced fresh strawberries

1 cup light sour cream

¾ cup low-fat evaporated milk

4 Tbsp. orange juice

4 Tbsp. honey

1 Tbsp. fresh mint leaves, finely chopped

  1. Put the strawberries, sour cream, evaporated milk, orange juice, and honey in food processor or blender; blend until smooth
  2. Stir in mint

Refrigerate until well chilled, then serve.

About the Author:

Becky Hager
Becky Hager has been an outpatient dietitian at NKCH since 2015. Becky graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics. Becky is passionate about helping others to achieve their nutrition goals and improve their lives for the better. In her free time, Becky loves spending time with her daughter and husband, visiting family and friends, cooking, and being outdoors.

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