Strawberry Smoothies Are A Great Springtime Treat
When the weather is getting warm, a strawberry smoothie can be a nutritious treat. Strawberries are at the peak of their season from April through July, when they are the most delicious and most abundant. As strawberries are very perishable, they should only be purchased a few days prior to use. When choosing fresh strawberries, make sure they are firm, plump, free of mold, and have a shiny, deep red color with attached green caps. Full ripe berries will not only have the peak flavor and texture, but will have more nutrients.
Strawberries have many health benefits that you may not be aware of. Strawberries have a unique combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Consuming strawberries has been linked to a reduced risk of certain cancer types, including breast, cervical, colon, and esophageal cancer. Regular intake of strawberries has also been associated with a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes and improved control of blood sugar levels.
The health benefits of consuming strawberries include various benefits for the cardiovascular system. Several research studies have shown that the strawberry phytonutrients work together to provide these cardiovascular benefits. Strawberries might also be partly responsible for decreased inflammation in the digestive tract of individuals diagnosed with inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.
Here is a great strawberry smoothie recipe to enjoy on a warm spring day.
Simple Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
2 cups fresh strawberries
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 cup strawberry yogurt
In blender, place yogurt, strawberries and almond milk. Cover; blend on medium speed for about 2 minutes or until smooth.