You’ve probably noticed the produce departments and farmers markets are loaded with strawberries. Yes, it’s strawberry season. Strawberries are the world’s most popular type of berry (and the first fruit to ripen in the spring) making now the perfect time to benefit most from their nutrient content. Buying strawberries at their season’s peak will get you the freshest berries available, the best flavor and the lowest prices of the year. Now is the ideal time to buy them in bulk and freeze them as well. Choose only the deepest red berries since they don’t continue to ripen any further once picked and use them within a few days.
Strawberries are packed with health promoting antioxidants and phytonutrients known as phenols that help combat the damaging effects of free radical activity to cell structure and DNA. Strawberries have been shown to be a heart healthy, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory fruit as well as protect our skin, eyes and brain from oxidative stress. They are a great source of fiber, which helps the body get rid of aging toxins and supply it with digestive-aiding enzymes. It also provides the healing nutrients zinc, B vitamins, potassium, Vitamin C and lutein that help renew and revitalize skin cells and improve heart health.
While you’re at the store or local farmers market, you may also want to pick up an avocado, another superfruit for beautiful skin and a healthier heart. Avocados contain healthy monounsaturated fat and the fat-soluble vitamins A and E, essential for beautiful skin and healthy eyes, heart, brain and liver. They also contain carotenoids and fat-soluble phytonutrients (such as lutein), which have been shown to protect eyes from age-related macular degeneration and the skin from sun damage. You’ll also benefit from Vitamin C, B-Vitamins, potassium, folate and Vitamin K. All of which support the production of collagen, which is vital for skin, bone and muscle rejuvenation. Avocados are also a great source of fiber.
So now that you know the many health and beauty benefits of strawberries and avocados, why not blend them up with a scoop of protein powder for a unique and surprisingly delicious 40-30-30 smoothie. Avocados give smoothies an incredibly creamy texture and are a perfect alternative for nuts in any of our smoothie recipes.
Strawberry and Avocado Smoothie
- 11/2 cup fresh sliced strawberries
- 1/4 of a medium size avocado
- 15 grams pure whey protein powder
- 3/4 cup crushed ice
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
Calories: 240 Carbohydrates - 24g, Protein - 17 grams, Fat - 9 grams
Bonus: Fiber - 8 grams
Summer is the perfect time to add fresh new recipes to your diet and renew your commitment to a healthy, balanced lifestyle.