KINGS’ CORNER

SEASONAL FRUITS

“STRAWBERRIES”

Here they come! One of my favorite fruits!  My dogs love them too. “STRAWBERRIES” They are coming in from Florida and California.  They seem sweeter and more sun-kissed from Florida.  They are both beautiful fruits.  My region will not have them in season until May and June depending on variety.  My Peach and Plum trees are in full bloom.  Daffodils and Hyacinths are up and blooming in my area.  My Christmas Rose  and Pansy’s have been in full bloom for about two weeks.  Maples and Birches are budding out and will be in bloom by the end of the month…Spring is in the air!

Strawberries are the first fruits to produce in early spring.  I have a whole patch of them.  They don’t get as big as California and Florida strawberries, but they get good size.  We have had a very cold winter so I may not have any.  At one point our weather got down to  17 degrees, which is not what is normal for us.  We usually don’t get colder than the 20’s.

Strawberries are not only delicious but nutritious.  Let’s take a look at the nutrition of the strawberry:

  • Vitamin C (Around 8 Strawberries have more Vitamin C Than an Orange)
  • Fiber
  • Oral Hygiene (Strawberries Whiten and Clean the Teeth, and Remove Plaque)
  • High Levels of Antioxidants(Polyphenols)
  • Low Calories
  • Cholesterol-Free
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Guards against Cancer
  • Increase Good Cholesterol
  • Protect the Heart
  • Good source of Manganese and Potassium
  • Sodium Free
  • Fat Free

The Strawberry is a member of the Rose Family.  Strawberries are not a fruit or a berry, but are the product of the Flower.  Strawberries are the most popular berries in the world.  You can make jams, jellies, pies make a parfait or just eat raw.  As my husband is diabetic I fix parfait’s primarily for him.  I use:

  • Yogurt in a Small Glass Bowl (Organic French Vanilla)
  • Sliced Strawberries (Clean and Organic)
  • Protein Cereal (Almonds, Pumpkin Seeds, and Whole Grains (not much of these)
  • Cinnamon (Little Sprinkle)
  •  One Slice of Banana (I Use a Dehydrated Slice)

I put two Tablespoons of  Organic Vanilla Yogurt (Protein) in a small bowl and use a little Stevia (does not raise blood sugar) if not very sweet.

 I slice Strawberries and place on top of the Organic Vanilla Yogurt, then add a teaspoon of Organic Vanilla Yogurt on top of the strawberries and sprinkle about two Tablespoons of Protein Cereal (pumpkin seeds, almonds and a little whole grain (not much) as grains seem to cause the rise of blood sugar) on top of the Organic Vanilla Yogurt.  I add a teaspoon more Organic Vanilla Yogurt on top of the cereal, sprinkle a little Cinnamon, add a slice of Banana  (high glycemic , but loaded with minerals so one slice is good) and it is a hit with him.

He would probably like a little Chocolate Sauce on top of the Banana, but I am not putting it there.  Everyone is different, so always check with your doctor before you make  any changes in your diet.  Enjoy!  You can get more Information at WEBMD.COM.

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