Why you need more California Strawberries in your life:

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The California Strawberry Commission is on a mission to get us eating more strawberries and I am totally on board in sharing the message. Especially after reading through the incredible research on the health benefits they provide on their site. (Take a look here.) The anti-inflammatory properties of California strawberries are what stand out most to me.

Strawberry Intake Lowers Inflammatory Response After High Carb, Moderate Fat Meal. Researchers studied the acute inflammatory responses associated with meals that typify Westernized eating patterns by examining the postprandial metabolic effects of strawberry consumption in overweight adults when fed a high carbohydrate/moderate fat meal. After six hours, inflammatory responses and postprandial insulin response were significantly diminished with the strawberry intervention.
— California Strawberry Commission, 2018

Snacking on a serving of 8 California Strawberries is only 50 calories, a great source of fibre and vitamin C, and wildly delicious.  Lucky for us, they are in peak season and readily available right now.

Enter the Get Snacking Challenge at californiastrawberries.com.

Vanilla Roasted Strawberries

Warning: highly addictive. Best served with a scoop of your favourite yoghurt and granola.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound California strawberries, stems removed

  • 1/2 vanilla bean split lengthwise (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Line your baking pan with parchment paper.

  2. Quarter the large strawberries and halve the smaller ones. Place on the parchment along side with the vanilla bean.

  3. Roast in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, stirring once during the baking time. The strawberries are done when they have softened and the juices are thick and bubbly

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References:

  1. Edirisinghe I, Banaszewski K, Cappozzo J, Sandhya K. Strawberry anthocyanin and its association with postprandial inflammation and insulin. Brit J Nutr. 2011;106(6):913-922.