People with a sweet tooth find dieting very difficult but adding strawberries to your diet can give you a range of guilt free dishes, drinks and snacks at any time of the day. Here are some health benefits of this red beauty:
- Good For Memory: High levels of antioxidants in fruits such as strawberries can boost memory and protect against mental decline.
- Good For Bone Health: Vitamin C and K and magnesium can improve bone health.
- Good For Skin: Vitamin C in strawberries are important in the production of collagen. They also contain anti inflammatory enzymes ans antioxidants which help slow the rate that skin ages.
- Good For Fatigue: Strawberries are low in calories, fat free and high in fibre. They contain nitrate to promote healthy blood flow to fight fatigue. Strawberries are good for immune system too.
- Good For Heart: Researchers have found that having three servings of strawberries or blueberries can reduce the risk of heart attack by 32 percent.They also help burn stored fat.
Strawberry sauce is another good of using strawberries. Add to sundaes, cheesecakes, pancakes, yogurt (my daughter’s favourite), salads, shakes etc.
2 cups chopped strawberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp corn flour
2 tbsp water
2 tsp lemon juice
Combine chopped strawberries and sugar in a medium, non reactive saucepan. Place on medium low flame and let cook. The strawberries will release water in few minutes. When the sugar is dissolved completely and fruit is softened, mix cornflour and water to form a paste and slowly add to the sauce pan, stirring continuously. Turn off the flame and remove from stove top. Add lemon juice. It will make sauce glossy. When cool, transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate. It can last up to 5 days in the refrigerator.