Nutrition Spotlight: Strawberries

It’s strawberry season in California and Florida! In early- to mid-June we’ll be able to pick our own in western Massachusetts! Strawberries are a great addition to any diet. Nutrition benefits packed into 1 cup of sliced strawberries include:
· Only 45 calories
· 3g of fiber
· More than 100 percent of your daily vitamin C requirements
· High antioxidant and phytonutrient content. Rich in anthocyanin, a compound that is responsible for the bright red color of strawberries. Studies suggest that consuming foods high in anthocyanins can help decrease risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer as well as improve cognitive function.
Strawberry Avocado Salsa
· cup finely chopped strawberries
· 1/4 cup finely chopped peeled avocado
· 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
· 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
· 1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind
· 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
· 2 teaspoons finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper
· 1/4 teaspoon sugar
1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; toss gently. Serve over roast chicken, sautéed fish, or grilled pork tenderloin. You can also enjoy it as a snack with baked tortilla chips.

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