So, I took a little hiatus. OK, a long hiatus. I’m sure you can relate to life getting a little overwhelming at times. One of my loved ones had a health scare that really threw me for a loop and sent my life into a whirlwind that rearranged my priorities in life, unfortunately pushing my beloved blog down to the bottom. My passion for this blog hasn’t died, it just has been stuck down at the bottom of my to-do list for too long. But if anything, that health scare taught me not only do we need to live our life to the fullest, enjoy each day and treasure our time with our loved ones for every moment we have with them, but also that our health is important and we need to treasure it. Good health is one of those things that we take for granted until we don’t have it. So, I’m back now, with a renewed passion for eating healthy and ensuring that every morsel of food I put in my body contributes to creating a health body, heart and mind.
With that being said, I’m kicking off my return to the blog with one of my top favorite foods in the world. Strawberries! I’m so excited to blog about strawberries because we have a local farmers market, about 2 minutes from my house, Springs Farm, and we get to pick our own strawberries!
This is a dream for someone like me who loves food and enjoys every aspect of selecting, making, preparing and eating it! I take my kids to the strawberry field every year and we pick a huge gallon of strawberries (eating some during the process) and we come home and make our own strawberry ice cream & jam.
Strawberries are great for getting picky kids to eat their fruits & vegetables because they are so sweet, they are like natures candy. To add to the incentive, you can always encourage them to eat strawberries like their favorite character, Strawberry Shortcake. I loved Strawberry Shortcake when I was little, but true to my form of not understanding music lyrics, I thought that her theme song for the cartoon was “Strawberry Shortcake – Marshies in the Well” and it was “Strawberry Shortcake – My She’s Looking Swell.” Hence the blog post title – Ha! Oh well, at least she got me to eat strawberries!
Not only do strawberries taste great, but they have amazing health benefits. Strawberries have been shown to protect cells against cervical and breast cancer. You can thank the ellagic acid in strawberries (also in blackberries, raspberries & blueberries) for inhibiting the growth of cancerous tumors. The ellagic acid is really amazing because it not only kills the cancerous cells, but it somehow does this without changing the healthy, normal cells. This is something that even the most advanced medical science hasn’t been able to achieve. Strawberries also have potent antioxidants.
Have trouble remembering where you parked? (I know that I do!) Well, eat up, because strawberries have been shown to protect your brain and memory. Strawberries also contain COX-1 and COX-2, which have been shown to help prevent pain and inflammation, especially due to arthritis.
To top it off, strawberries have only 50 calories for an entire cup and deliver a whopping 3 grams of fiber and 85 mg of vitamin C.
If you are lucky enough to have a strawberry farm near you, go out and pick your own strawberries and it will give you such a sense of satisfaction to know exactly where your food is coming from. If you have kids, it provides a great lesson for where food comes from and how we should eat more natural foods that come from the earth, rather than pre-packaged, processed foods that come from the grocery store.
I just called Bush-n-Vine today and I’ll be able to pick my own peaches and blueberries in about three weeks! You can go to PickYourOwn.org to find a local farm near you! Do you ever “Pick-Your-Own”? If so, what local fruits and vegetables do you have near you?