Strawberries are not only juicy, beautiful and delicious, they offer a wide range of health benefits. Here are some great reasons to add strawberries to your diet:
Immunity Booster– Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C. One serving of strawberries contain 51.5 mg. Vitamin C is a well-known immunity booster as well as a powerful, fast working antioxidant.
Promote Eye Health– The antioxidant properties in strawberries may also help to prevent cataracts, which can lead to blindness in older age. The vitamin C also protects eyes from exposure to free radicals caused from the suns UV rays.
Cancer Prevention– Along with vitamin C, strawberries contain the antioxidants, lutein, and zeathancins. These antioxidants are scavengers to free-radicals and neutralize the potentially negative effect they can have on our cells. Keep Wrinkles at Bay– The vitamin C found in strawberries is vital to the production of collagen which helps to improve skins elasticity and resilience.
Fight Heart Disease– Strawberries contain powerful heart health boosters called ellagic acid and flavonoids – or phytochemicals that benefit heart health in various ways including lowering LDL (bad cholesterol) and also providing an anti-inflammatory effect.
Boost fiber– Strawberries contain about 2 grams of fiber per serving, helping to promote colon health.
Aid in Weight Management– Strawberries are low in calories at only around 28 calories per half cup serving.
- 1T each, sugar and water
- 2 T each red wine vinegar & extra virgin olive oil
- 1/8 t each salt and pepper
- 4 C each torn romaine lettuce and arugula
- 2 C quartered strawberries
- 1/3 C vertically sliced red onions
- 12 ounces cooked shredded chicken breast
- 2 T unsalted cashews
- 1/2 C (2 oz) low-fat bleu cheese crumbles
- To prepare dressing, combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl.
Gradually drizzle in oil, stirring constantly with a whisk.
- To prepare salad, combine romaine and next 4 ingredients (through
chicken) in a bowl; toss gently. Place about 2 cups chicken mixture on
each of 4 plates. Top each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons cashews and
1/2 oz cheese. Drizzle about 1 Tablespoon of dressing. Makes 4 servings.
Counts as: 1 vegetable, 1 fruit, 1/2 protein, 1/2 fat, 1/2 dairy 1 condiment
- Strawberry Wellbar
- Plan serving Greek Yogurt (Strawberry or Vanilla)
- 1 Cup Sliced Strawberries
- 1 Tbsp. Light Whipped Topping
- Crumble Strawberry Wellbar into bowl
- Mix with Greek Yogurt
- Stir in Sliced Strawberries
- Top with Light Whipped Cream
Counts as: 1 Wellbar, 1 Fruit, 1 Dairy, 1 Condiment
Healthy camping – sound too good to be true?
If you have changed the way you eat, exercise, and live; then visions of being trapped in the woods for a couple nights with potato chips, hot dogs, and s’mores are probably the daunting visions that resonate in your mind whenever “going camping” is mentioned. To keep your camping experience healthy, here are some simple tips:
Make a menu before you go. Concentrate on what you’ll be making for breakfast and dinner (the meals that the family will be most likely be eating together). Try to make the meals fun and involve everyone!
Below are some recipes that you might want to consider!
Stay active. Search for areas with plenty to do like hiking trails and games. If possible, bring your bikes!
Make sure you have plenty of fresh drinking water. If you’ll be staying at a site that doesn’t have full hookups, you may want to consider bringing your own water – and drink plenty of it! Staying hydrated is vital to your health, especially if the weather is hot!
Don’t forget the sunscreen and bug repellent! Even the best of trips can quickly turn into nightmares with the pain of a sunburn or the attack of hungry mosquitoes!
With just a little planning, camping can be a time to reflect on nature, get back to the basics of life and rediscover the things that are really important.