S is for strawberries

strawberriesStrawberries are perhaps the most appealing of the superfoods, with their associations with summer, picnics and, of course, Wimbledon tennis, writes our guest blogger, Dr Susan Aldridge, freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition.

Although available all year round, the British strawberries, which you may prefer for their sweetness and depth of flavour, are now coming into season. There are over 500 varieties – so check your strawberry punnet when you buy and choose your favourite.

Strawberries are good for your health because they are:

• A low calorie fruit treat
• High in fibre
• A good source of potassium, which helps lower blood pressure
• Rich in polyphenols with anti-cancer and antioxidant properties, one of the most important of which is ellagic acid. Numerous studies have shown the anti-cancer properties of this polyphenol.

Strawberry smoothie

400g strawberries, hulled
200g raspberries
250ml almond milk
1tsp cacao powder
1tsp flax seed/chia seed powder
Blast in a Nutribullet (or other blender) to give a pink frothy drink. Consume immediately.

Green strawberry juice

Serves one
100g spinach leaves
400g strawberries, hulled
One inch piece of root ginger, peeled
Juice all ingredients and consume immediately

Strawberry fruit salad

A delicious mixture of colours, flavours and textures.
Serves 2-4
400g strawberries, sliced
Half a watermelon, sliced into chunks
Two small mangoes, sliced
50g pomegranate seeds (small carton or seeds from fresh pomegranate)
Mix all the ingredients and, if you’re feeling adventurous, sprinkle with a little chilli powder and freshly ground black pepper.

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