Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Pick Your Own! (Strawberries)

Yes, that’s right, it is that time of year again! The fields are full of ripe, delicious fruit just waiting to be picked and eaten, and it is the perfect opportunity to boost your intake of fruit and all the essential vitamins and minerals it contains.

My favourite PYO, Strawberries fresh from the plant are sweet, juicy and almost universally loved. They taste fantastic as they are, but once you get them home there are so many different ways you can tart them up a bit – serve with cream or ice cream, make a fresh fruit salad, even make your own jam.

Strawberries contain more vitamin C than orange juice, which is good news for both your physical and mental health. Vitamin C is essential for a healthy immune system, but few people realise that it is also needed for a healthy mind too. A lack of vitamin C has been found to be associated with a number of mental health problems including depression.

Like all fruits, Strawberries also contain loads of other essential vitamins and minerals as well as lots of water. And don’t forget, they also taste delicious while only having very few calories per serving – so a great choice for snacking on this summer!

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