In Season: Strawberries

Strawberries are one of summer’s most beloved fruits, hitting peak season from April to July. The wild strawberry has existed for over 2,000 years. Now there are over 600 varieties, all differing in flavor, size, and texture. The most commonly cultivated species is Fragaria ananassa. Including strawberries in your diet gives your body much-needed antioxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory nutrients. Strawberries help prevent cardiovascular disease, decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes, and prevent certain cancer types.

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Lightly heat up sliced strawberries, banana, and any other fruit on hand—such as blueberries or mango—with a few squirts of honey. Serve in a store-bought crepe and add a sprinkle of powdered sugar (optional). —Kriston Brady

>>Healthy Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

First, make or buy pie crust. Then mix one cup of sliced strawberries and two cups of diced rhubarb with 1/4 cup of sugar in a saucepan. Simmer over low heat for about eight minutes. Mix 1 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch with one tablespoon of water, and stir the mixture into the simmering fruit. Cook until thickened and transfer to the refrigerator. Put pie filling into pie crust. Source: livestrong.com

>>Strawberry Smoothie

Remove stems from four large strawberries and wash. Blend 1/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt, one cup fresh orange juice, one tablespoon tahini, one medium size banana, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and one tablespoon honey with strawberries. Blend until smooth. Serves two. Source: whfoods.com