Sunday, March 24, 2013

Power Food: Strawberries

Today we share some delicious recipes using the power food strawberries! This berry is the most popular of all berries worldwide, and has many health benefits. Due to strawberries having a large dose of vitamin C and antioxidants eating this popular fruit daily can help prevent certain types of cancer, help rid inflammation, and can help your eyes by preventing age related macular degeneration in over ⅓ of people.
Jenn: Strawberries are definitely one of my favourite choices when eating fruit. I love eating them in salads, desserts, dipped in chocolate, smoothies, and of course plain.

Here is an easy smoothie recipe, put the following ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

  • 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup mango pieces (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 cup orange juice

When I drink this smoothie it reminds me of the summer time and sitting outdoors on the back patio just enjoying. Looking forward to more time outdoors this year!

Steph: I absolutely LOVE strawberries. They’ve been one of my top 3 favourite fruits since I was a child. My family would often go to the strawberry patch and pick our own! Local Ontario strawberries are THE BEST!!! My mom would almost always have strawberries available when I was growing up and would cut them up and put some lemon on them. I used to eat them plain, with a little bit of sugar, with a bit of cool whip or even on ice cream! I have to admit I prefer them plain the best (unless they’re sour)!

I decided to try a new recipe last summer that I had found on Pinterest and absolutely fell in love. PLUS my family loved them and had never seen anything like it before. Here it is:

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Strawberries (bigger the better)
8 oz cream cheese, softened (I used light)
3 Tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Graham cracker crumbs

1. Rinse strawberries and cut off the top (and remove the inside stemish part) with a knife
2. In a small/medium sized bowl beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth and creamy
3. Resist the urge to stop all together and eat the filling hahaha. BY FAR the hardest part :P
4. Add cheesecake mixture to either a piping bag or ziploc bag (cut off a small part of the corner)
5. Fill strawberries all the way with cheesecake mixture
6. Lay the graham crumbs in either a small bowl or on a plate.
7. Dip the top of the strawberries into the graham cracker crumbs. (do this very lightly or the top of the strawberry will have crumbs over it.. trial and error type thing)
8. Voila!! Refrigerate until serving

I hope you enjoy this :)!

Steph & Jenn

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