Want A Healthy Food Suggestion That’s In Season Now? Try Strawberries!

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An excellent source of vitamin C and fiber, strawberries are full of antioxidants that can help promote heart and vision health, and protect against cancer and inflammatory diseases (they are listed as one of the top 20 antioxidant sources by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry).

Strawberries can be used in everything from baked goods and smoothies to toppings for salads and cereals, and are sweet enough to be eaten on their own. Because pesticides are commonly used on conventionally grown varieties, you should use organically grown strawberries whenever possible. For the best taste and texture, eat fresh organic strawberries when they are at their peak – April through July.

Preparation note: don’t wash strawberries until right before eating or adding them to prepared dishes, as they are very perishable. And don’t remove the stems until after you wash them, to prevent water absorption, which can affect the texture and flavor.

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