|by Carolyn Burris
Indulge yourself in Fresh Strawberries!
Strawberries are in full bloom! Local grocery stores and roadside vendors have the best of the best when it comes to strawberries. As with any berry, strawberries are loaded with antioxidants. Strawberries also are an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. The antioxidants and vitamin C in strawberries help to clean up the free radicals affecting the eyes and joints. Strawberries are known for helping reduce the risk and symptoms of macular degeneration, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. There are many fun ways to eat strawberries including:
- Add slices to salads
- Make a parfait with plain yogurt
- Add to a breakfast shake
- Dip in dark chocolate for an extra boost of antioxidants
When selecting strawberries, choose those with bright red color and with no damage to stem or green caps. Also, inspect all strawberries in package for mold and avoid those with any mold.
- 1 cup coarsely chopped strawberries
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
- 1 green onion, finely chopped, top included
- 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Chill, serve with grilled chicken or fish. Makes 1 1/2 cups.
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