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Seasonal fruit- strawberries gives a tasty boost in getting kids to eat fruit

Posted on Jun 05, 2009 by Maggie LaBarbera

We know kids don't get enough fruit and vegetables in their diet. Strawberries are a great source of vitamins and a great way to get kids eating fruit. There are so many different desserts you can make with it and naturally sweet.

Here are some healthy facts about this tasty fruit:

  • fat free and sodium free
  • only 50 calories for a full cup
  • high in vitamin C, fiber, potassium and antioxidants
  • they make healthy snacks for kids
Here are some buying tips for fresh delicious strawberries.
  • Look for berries that are plump, firm and bright red.
  • Size isn't important -- color and fragrance are best indicators of flavor.
  • Strawberries don't ripen after they're harvested. Avoid buying berries with touches of green or white.
  • Check the container for stains, which indicate they may be overripe.
  • Don't wash berries until just before you're going to use them; otherwise, they'll get mushy.
  • Don't trim caps off berries until after they're washed. Without the caps, they can get waterlogged and begin to lose their vitamin C.
  • After purchasing, store in a shallow container on a paper towel in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • Serve them up at room temperature for best flavor.
Source: New Jersey Department of Agriculture




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