Use Fresh Strawberries To Ring In Spring

strawberriesMost people love strawberries, and who could blame them? Naturally sweet as well as nutritious, these seeded delights are one of many foods to look forward to once the warmer growing seasons roll around.

Strawberries are chock full of vitamin C, a nutrient that is known to have several health benefits. This fruit’s stunning red color comes from flavonoids, which have been proven to reduce cholesterol and promote heart health, according to the BBC. When eaten in their raw state, a 100 gram serving is a stunningly low 50 calories. Delicious and low-fat? Talk about a win-win!

This delicious fruit is great tossed in salads, used in a fresh jelly or jam, or simply eaten on their own. To really ring in spring and learn more about the baking & pastry arts, try one of these excellent strawberry dessert recipes to wow your family and guests with your online culinary course skills!

Fresh strawberry pie recipe from Christy Jordan’s Southern Plate

What you’ll need:

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 pint fresh strawberries
3 tablespoons strawberry gelatin
1 pie crust (you can try making it from scratch, but store-bought brands will work just fine)
3 tablespoons cornstarch

How to make it:

Grab a pan and toss in the sugar, cornstarch and gelatin. Stir until they are well-mixed. Pour in the water and cook on medium-high heat until the mixture is thick and clear. Be sure to stir often to prevent scorching. Let the mixture cool by taking it off the burner and setting it aside. Next, clean and hull your strawberries, cut them in half and place them in a prepared pie crust. After your mixture cools, pour it over the strawberries. Chill and cover the pie in your refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. This dessert is delightful with whipped cream.

Want something a bit on the healthier side? Maybe it’s time to make a delicious summertime treat with your children? Try this easy and simple recipe from Panera Bread that will welcome in all of the flavors of spring without the extra calories!

Low-fat strawberry smoothie

What you need:

A blender
8 ounces low-fat organic vanilla yogurt
1 cup ice
6 strawberries, diced

What to do:

Place your diced strawberries into your blender jar. Add the cup of ice, then pour in the low-fat vanilla yogurt. Put the lid on your blender jar, set it on its base and blend continuously for about 10 seconds. Pour into cups, sip and take in all of the natural sweetness of spring and summer!

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