Calories in strawberries
A half cup of sliced strawberries weighing 83 grams are only 25 calories (CDC), one of the best dieter's choices available.
They have no fat, no cholesterol, or sodium.
There are only 6 grams of carbohydrates and 4 of those grams are sugars.
There are 2 grams of dietary fiber and 1 gram of protein in that serving size.
But one of the real bonuses is 80% of Vitamin C daily value!
This wonderful fruit also has small amounts of other vitamins and minerals, along with a variety of strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients.
Note: a few people are allergic to this fruit.
Fresh-picked and delicious
If you can find local farms or a U-pick field, you can taste them sweet and fresh-picked off the bush.
Otherwise, look for the freshest ones possible, as they too fragile to store more than a day or two.
The berry should be fully red with no white areas and have a rich, fragrant scent.
Each one should be shiny, plump, and without bruised skin.
When ripe, the green stems pull out easily.
Most people just wash and eat them fresh.
However, one of the world's famous desserts is strawberry shortcake.
The berries are cleaned with the stems removed, sliced, and spread over a baking powder biscuit or shortcake, with a bit of sweetening.
Then top it all with fresh whipped cream or a low calorie topping.
Just remember to keep the portions of biscuit, topping, and sweetener low to control calories.
You can also eat them in home-made fresh ice cream, fruit salads, smoothies, jams, jellies, pies, cakes, or add them to yogurt.
Available all year
No longer just an early summer fruit, hybrids are able to produce fruits into the fall.
And there are always preserves or frozen fruits available.
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