May 22, 2010

Spring Breakfast

Posted in Food, Health, Recipes tagged , , , , , , , at 6:52 am by Liliana

Berries with Kefir

Berries with Kefir

At this time of year, this is my favorite breakfast. I eat it almost every morning.

All kinds of berries are in season now. I buy a selection of strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries. I wash a handful of whatever kind I have that day, and place them into a pretty glass bowl. Over this colorful medley, I pour kefir (a dairy product found in most supermarkets, similar to yogurt but more liquid.) On top of this concoction, I sprinkle a handful of walnuts or a teaspoon of honey. Or both.

That’s it. It is refreshing, healthy, filling and delicious. A wonderful beginning to a warm spring day.

April 24, 2010

Fresh Strawberries

Posted in Food, Health, Home, Recipes tagged , , , , , , at 7:31 am by Liliana

Fresh Strawberries

Fresh Strawberries

Strawberries, the most popular berries in the world, are abundant in stores and markets at this time of year. They are delicious, sweet, inexpensive and very healthy.

Strawberries are a highly nutritious fruit and contain a large number of vitamins and minerals that contribute to a balanced, healthy diet.

One cup of sliced fresh strawberries has:

  • Calories  – 50
  • Protein  – 1 gram
  • Carbohydrates  – 11.65 grams
  • Dietary Fiber  – 3.81 grams
  • Calcium – 23.24 mg
  • Iron  – 0.63 mg
  • Magnesium  – 16.60 mg
  • Phosphorus  – 31.54 mg
  • Potassium – 44.82 mg
  • Selenium – 1.16 mg
  • Vitamin C  – 94.12 mg
  • Foliate  – 29.38 mcg
  • Vitamin – A 44.82 IU

A Few Serving Ideas:

  • Add sliced strawberries to a green salad and top with goat or blue cheese.
  • Make an elegant parfait by layering sliced strawberries, blueberries and plain yogurt in a fancy glass.
  • Serve chopped strawberries as a topping for waffles and pancakes. Mix with cinnamon, lemon juice and maple syrup for a delicious combination.
  • Add strawberries to your fruit smoothies.
  • Melt some dark chocolate and make chocolate covered strawberries.