British Summertime in a Single Bite!
Strawberries are just so incredible at this time
of the year.
Strawberries and cream, you can't beat the simple things in life!
“Strawberry fields forever ” - John Lennon
This beautiful simple fruit features so much in my kitchen during the summer, but not within masses of complicated recipes - just as simple pleasures. I remember as a child going to the strawberry fields and spendning the afternoon picking them for jams, like most children it was a case of one for me and one for the box! These are simple things we seem to miss out on these days it'a all about time - so the sadly the supermarkets win and our children/grandchildren will never experience such simple pass times that almost became part of our heritage. So back to my simple strawberry fixes! Here a just a few of my quick strawberry wins you might like to try. Breakfast: a large handful roughly chopped, 2 tbsp's thick Greek yoghurt, 1 tbsp large porridge oats, a dash of vanilla - all mixed together. What's not to love! Lunch: two large handfuls of mixed salad leaves, five slices of Parma ham (torn roughly), 6 strawberries, quartered, freshly ground black pepper and a drizzle of good quality balsamic dressing served with a chunk of French bread. LUSH!! Dessert: my simple strawberry layered cheesecake (click here for the recipe) that serves one, so there's no need to share!
A bit more info...
Did you know that strawberries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K as well as providing a good dose of fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium. They also contain significant amounts of phytonutrients and flavanoids which makes strawberries bright red. They have been used throughout history in a medicinal context to help with digestive ailments, teeth whitening and skin irritations. Their fibre and fructose content may help regulate blood sugar levels by slowing digestion and as berries are naturally lower in sugar than other fruits they are greatfor anyone watching their sugar intake. Sadly though strawberries are not good for all of us as they are one of the most common allergens, and infact if you suffer from an allergic reaction to birch pollen you are more likely to have a reaction to strawberries too!
For those watching their wastline, then strawberries are a must - packed full of flavour but low in calories, so it's a win win all round! #food #basicfoods #strawberry #britishsummer #healthyliving #wellbeing #berries