The Strawberry: Summer’s Superfruit

Strawberries are at their peak for freshness right now and this year’s crop tastes delicious! Packed with antioxidants, phytochemicals and vitamins C and E, the simple strawberry is among the world’s most potent super foods. This basic berry may even be able to aid in weight loss and reduce the signs of premature aging, high blood pressure, arthritis and diabetes. Not bad for something that tastes so good, right?

Just be sure to check the source & choose organic whenever possible. If you buy conventional strawberries out of season, they’re most likely imported from countries that use less-stringent regulations for pesticide use. In 2008, the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program found 54 pesticide residues on the strawberries they tested! Plus, up from No. 6 in 2009, conventional strawberries now rank No. 3 on both the 2010 Dirty Dozen list and the Environmental Working Group’s Shoppers Guide to Pesticides

Luckily, we only sell organic produce at Native Sun and right now summer’s superfruit is super affordable at only $3.99/lb through July 6! Grab yourself a pint or two and try some of these delicious recipes at home. Strawberries also make great toppings for fresh salads, cereal, yogurt, granola, ice cream and more!

Strawberry Flax Smoothie

1 cup fresh sliced strawberries
1/2 cup nonfat light vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup skim or lowfat milk
3 tablespoons ground flax seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high until smooth. Pour into glass with straw and enjoy. Consume immediately or refrigerate up to 2 hours before serving.

Summer Fruit Kabobs

1 cup watermelon chunks
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup red seedless grapes
1 cup de-stemmed strawberries
2 kiwi, peeled and cut in quarters
8 bamboo skewers (6 inches)
1 cup nonfat light strawberry yogurt

Place fruit chunks on bamboo skewers and light strawberry yogurt in bowl. Serve kabobs with yogurt on the side.

Berry Parfait

1/2 cup nonfat light yogurt (try strawberry or lemon!)
1/2 cup sliced strawberries

 Layer strawberries and yogurt in glass or dessert bowl. Top with granola or whipped cream and enjoy!

Strawberry Supreme

 A light dessert with fresh sliced strawberries and sweetened vanilla sour cream.

1 cup nonfat sour cream
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup marshmallow cream
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries

In a medium bowl, combine sour cream with vanilla extract and marshmallow cream. Blend well. Place ¼ cup sour cream mixture in the bottom of each dessert glass, followed by a ½ cup of strawberries and another ¼ cup of sour cream mixture on top. Optional garnish: graham cracker crumbs and cinnamon sprinkled over the top.


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