Did you know that strawberries have more vitamin C than citrus fruit? That's right, and they are also a good source of vitamin A, fiber, folates and calcium. Now that it's strawberry season, try giving your kids strawberries as dessert – they are so sweet right now that they don't even need any extra sugar! Plus, they are fun to eat when you hold them by the stem and nibble on them like a rabbit would!
Tips for serving strawberries without much else
- Just give them a rinse and serve them as is – if they are ripe and fresh, they don't need much else
- Squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon over a bowl of freshly washed and sliced berries to enhance the flavor
- Don't wash them until you are ready to serve. When you do rinse and serve them, make sure you throw away any moldy ones and cut off the bruised parts of good ones.
- Puree them in a smoothie with milk, bananas, ice and vanilla.
- For a little extra sweetness if needed, sprinkle a small amount of nautral cane sugar or a teaspoon of agave syrup over a big bowl – a little goes a long way and the berries really don't need much to enhance them.
- If you want to get fancy, you can melt a little dark chocolate in a saucepan and dip the ends of the berries in the hot chocolate, or drizzle a small amount of chocolate syrup on a bowl of berries. Again, don't use too much, but maybe just enough to get your kids to eat the whole bowl!
- Try growing them. Strawberries are one of the easiest berries to grow and don't need much, but watch out for your furry neighbors. They are hip to the fact that these red beauties are delish! You'll have to net or cage the berries so they don't disappear.