S is for strawberries...

S is for strawberries...

Strawberries are one of the tastiest fruits that kids simply enjoy eating. These fruits are incredibly sweet especially when they are in season. They fit nicely into a balanced diet, as they provide kid’s bodies with vitamins C and K, and they can give a boost to the immune system.

8 🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓strawberries can give you as much vitamin C as an orange. Kids need vitamin C for growth, body tissue repair, and a healthy immune system. Strawberries are rich in antioxidants including anthocyanins. These compounds give strawberries their bright red colour. Strawberries are delicious, nutritious and simply a healthy snack.

You can serve them whole, packed to go or in a variety of different recipes. For example, add them to fruit kebabs, smoothies, low fat yogurt, strawberry ice-cream, dipped in Nutella or honey. When fresh strawberries aren't in season, choose frozen without added sugar. Try combining frozen strawberries and frozen chunks of banana in a food processor to whip up some refreshing ice cream.

When buying strawberries, look for firm, plump, bright red ones with healthy green caps. Strawberries don’t ripen after they’re picked, so the whitish unripe ones are going to stay that way. Make sure they are firm to touch.

Strawberries bruise and rot easily. Pick by gently pinching the stems (not by pulling on the berry), and layer them carefully in a shallow basket no more than a few inches deep.

Strawberries only last a few days, so don’t but them too early. Store fresh strawberries in a closed container in the fridge, and rinse them gently right before you plan to use them