By: Sydney Richards, Dietetics student at the University of Maryland
- Strawberries are intriguing. Agriculturally, strawberries belong to the rose family – a fact that I never could have guessed. In fact, strawberries are SO interesting that there is an entire museum dedicated to them in Belgium.
- It is finally springtime and strawberries are in season. What does this mean for you? Strawberries at your local grocery store will be cheaper compared to those that are sold in the Fall or Winter. It also means that when you bite into a strawberry, it will be juicy, sweet, and bursting with flavor (unlike off-season strawberries, which can be tasteless, unripe, and hard).
- Strawberries can be bought locally – even right here on campus! The majority of our nation’s strawberries are grown in California – in fact, if all the strawberries produced in California in one year were laid berry to berry, they would go around the world 15 times! But, Terps have an on-campus farmers market – The Farmers Market at Maryland – that is coming back to campus this month. Opening day is April 17. Fresh strawberries will be offered by several of the vendors. Additionally, if you (or a friend) have a car on campus, you should consider visiting some of the farms in Maryland that offer pick-your-own strawberries. These options are fun, convenient, and provide you with an opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint all at the same time!
- Strawberries are nutritious. Packed with 149% of your daily Vitamin C and only 55 enticing calories per cup – it just doesn’t get much better than that.
- Strawberries are delicious. Don’t believe me? Just try my smoothie recipe!
Sydney’s Simply Sophisticated Strawberry Smoothie
- 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
- ¾ cup plain fat-free yogurt or Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup water or skim milk
- Sprinkle of sugar
Optional ingredients – for when you’re feeling adventurous!
- 1 cup raw spinach leaves
- Additional fruit (such as kiwi peaches, bananas, raspberries, or blueberries)
Combine ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until you reach your desired consistency. Serves 2. Side note: All ingredients are easily modifiable. For a thicker consistency, add more fruit or yogurt. For a smoother consistency, add more water or milk.
Make it part of a healthy diet
- Pair with a piece of whole-wheat toast for a healthy breakfast that you can grab on the go!
- Have a sweet tooth? Skip the sugar, add a touch of chocolate syrup, and freeze to create a delicious sorbet.
Want more advice on how to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your every day routine? Try out a FREE Diet Analysis at the Center for Health and Wellbeing!