I was 8 years old and we were about to go strawberry picking! It was summertime in Pennsylvania, and we were visiting the small town where my mother grew up. I remember being jammed in the car with my brothers and sisters and cousins, my bare legs stuck to the hot vinyl seats, hoping we weren’t going too far because I couldn’t wait to get out!
When we arrived (and after we all unstuck ourselves from the seats!) we ran out into the strawberry patch, racing to fill as many cartons as we could with those magical, juicy-red berries.
Those were the days when real strawberries tasted like sweet summer, and they were about half of the size they are now.
Those huge genetically modified strawberries you see today taste watered down and less flavorful. Thankfully there are Farmer’s Markets with growers who still produce those natural strawberries I remember from my childhood.
What I didn’t know then was that those tasty red berries we popped into our mouths like gummy bears were actually full of nutritional goodness.
First and foremost, strawberries are loaded with powerhouse Vitamin C!
Vitamin C in strawberries helps:
•Boost the immune system
•Strengthen the cornea and retina (only food-based Vitamin C does this)
•Prevent UV ray damage to the proteins in the lens of our eyes
•Prevent wrinkles in our skin by aiding with the production of collagen, making our skin more firm, supple and GORGEOUS!!
Let’s see … Botox for $3,500 or a basket of organic strawberries for $5? Bring on those strawberries!
Another amazing health benefit of strawberries is Ellagic Acid, an antioxidant phytochemical.
Ellagic Acid in strawberries helps:
•Prevent cancer by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells
•Lower bad cholesterol
•Keep your heart healthy because of its anti-inflammatory properties
Additional happy side effects of a diet rich in strawberries:
•Weight loss (they are low in calories)
•Healthy digestion (they are a great source of fiber)
•Balancing blood sugar (great for preventing mood swings and lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes)
•Pregnancy nutrition (they are full of Vitamin B-Folate, which helps your baby’s brain and skull shape properly)
But do you want to know the REAL secret they never tell you as to why strawberries are so good for you?
They TASTE F***ING DELICIOUS!!!
This makes most people ECSTATIC, and there is nothing more powerful in the world (whether in liquid, gell cap or tablet form) than HAPPINESS! Blissful eating (as opposed to emotional eating) makes everything in your body look and feel the best!
As kids we filled those baskets regardless of the heat, the flies and being packed in the car like sardines, because we KNEW that mom was making fresh strawberry shortcake for dinner!!!
Now I make a healthy, vegan, gluten-free version that I give to my clients for BREAKFAST! Strawberry shortcake forever!
ONE MORE IMPORTANT THING: Please be mindful of food waste. If you want to keep your strawberries fresh for as long as possible, store them in the coldest part of your fridge, or in the bins, or in sealed containers.