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 Post subject: Strawberries!!!
PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 3:16 pm 
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Quite simply, I love em!

I love em in salad, I love em as jam, I love em with chocolate, I love in smoothies, I love em with other fruit, I love em plain, I love em!!!!! :multi:

Health & Nutrition Information

The Romans prized wild strawberries for their medicinal properties. Ounce for ounce, strawberries have more Vitamin C than citrus fruit. According to the American Cancer Society, foods rich in Vitamin C may lower the risk of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries (166 grams)

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
Folate 29.38 mcg
Vitamin A 44..82 IU

When Measuring Strawberries

1 1/2 pounds = 2 pints or 1 quart
1 small basket = 1 pint
1 pint = 3 1/4 cups whole berries
1 pint = 2 1/4 cups sliced berries
1 pint - 1 2/3 cup pureed berries
1 cup = about 4 ounces

Recipes to follow!!!!

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 3:28 pm 
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Family fun? Go strawberry picking - there are plenty of "U-picks" around to choose from....remember to pick red, firm berries which are ripe. And the wild ones are much more tastier than the cultivated berries. I like my berries without sugar - there is nothing better than cold, juicy, natural strawberries!!!

From the University of Illinois website

Strawberry Sauce

This sauce can be used to spoon over yogurt with fresh strawberries, ice cream, pound cake or your favorite dessert. Great as topping for pancakes and waffles too.

2/3 cup sugar
1 pint strawberries, washed and hulled
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Place sugar and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan, stir and bring to a boil. Simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow the syrup to cool completely. Hasten cooling by setting pan in a shallow bowl of ice water.

Place half the berries in the jar of a blender; add lemon juice and all the cooled syrup. Puree until smooth. Press through fine sieve to remove some of the strawberry seeds, if desired.

Coarsely chop remaining strawberries and add to strawberry puree. Serve.
Can be stored refrigerated, in tightly covered containers for up to 4 days.

Fabulous Strawberry Muffins

Firm fresh strawberries work best in this recipe, but when the season is over substitute blueberries, cherries or chopped peaches.

2 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup melted butter
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
Additional sugar for topping

Pre heat oven to 400°F. Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray or line muffin cups with paper cupcake liners. On a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt, stir well until all ingredient are well blended. In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, butter, eggs and vanilla. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour liquid mixture in and the strawberries. Using a large spoon, gently fold ingredients just until moist do not overmix.

Spoon the batter evenly into 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle each muffin with about 1/2 teaspoon sugar, if desired.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins.

Strawberry and Spinach Salad

This spring salad is teaming with Vitamin A and Vitamin C. The bright green of the spinach and contrasting red of the strawberries is beautiful and the flavors are excellent together.

1 pint fresh strawberries
2 bunches fresh spinach
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons minced green onion
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic or cider vinegar
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Wash strawberries under cool running water. Remove caps and set aside to drain. Wash spinach and remove large tough stems. Tear large leaves into small pieces. Drain.

In a medium bowl combine remaining ingredients and whisk together.
Slice strawberries into halves or quarters and place in a large bowl. Add dry spinach. Pour dressing over all and toss.
Makes 8 servings.

Strawberry Banana Power Shake

This is a great breakfast shake. It is quick and nutritious. Eliminate the jam, if desired and use an additional 1/2 cup strawberries.

1 cup skim milk
3 tablespoons wheat germ
1 tablespoon strawberry jam
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1 small very ripe banana
4 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender; blend on high speed until smooth, scraping down ingredients in blender if necessary. Divide into two tall glasses and drink with a straw. Makes 2 servings.

Strawberry Salsa

1 cup coarsely chopped strawberries
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 green onion, finely chopped, top included
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
2 tablespoons dried currants
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Chill, serve with grilled chicken or fish. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

Not-So-Rich Strawberry Shortcake

1 quart strawberries
1/2 cup honey or sugar
1 recipe shortbread (below)
2 cups vanilla or plain yogurt

Wash, hull and slice the strawberries. Pour honey or sugar over berries and let them soak in the sweetener for an hour or more at room temperature. Reserve a few perfect berries for decoration.

Bake the shortbread following the recipe below.

To assemble, place the bottom shortcake on a serving platter.

Pour half of the sweetened strawberries and juice over it. Cover with yogurt, reserve about two tablespoons for decorating the top layer and then put on the top layer.

Slowly pour on the rest of the strawberries and juice, letting the juice soak into the shortcake. Top with remaining yogurt and decorate with whole reserved berries. Best if served immediately. Makes 6 dessert servings.

Shortcake Short Dough
1 stick butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg plus 1 egg white
1/2 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

In food processor bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Drop in butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Pour into a bowl and set aside.

In a small bowl blend milk, lemon peel and one whole egg.

Pour egg mixture into flour mixture, gently mix to form a soft ball of dough. On a floured surface, divide dough in half. Roll into 9 inch circles.

Poke each circle with a fork a few times. Brush generously with the remaining egg white, beaten. Sprinkle tops with additional sugar.

Bake at 425 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Assemble shortcake using hot or cold shortbread.

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 8:25 pm 
Well my breakfast is special K with strawberries and blueberries.and semi skimmed milk :D ..sounds very boring, but after a time if you skip it then you really start to miss it.coz it is loaded with vitamins and anti-oxident thingies and whatnots.....and it is very refreshing 8)

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 8:50 pm 
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In 1978, Kellogg’s Special K had 9.6 grams of sugar per 100 grams, but this has now nearly doubled to 17 grams about the same level as vanilla ice cream
. (See the "Pour Some Sugar on Me" Thread)

Jorvik you might want to check out the labels on your cereals and look for something with less sugah!!! :D

Fresh blueberries are an awesome source of antioxidants.

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 8:52 pm 
I'll have to look into that .thanks :cry:

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 9:09 pm 
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Try looking for organic oats with no sugar. They may cost a little more but, hey, I'm sure you're worth it ;)

And....why not just have fruit some mornings...a sliced up half banana, a handful of fresh strawberries, blueberries, peaches and grapes...viola - natural sugar and very yummy!! Or throw them in the blender with a little skim milk or plain yogurt and a delish quick breakfast!!

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 9:42 pm 
I'll go the health food store....I'm sure they'll have an alternative to special K...what about " all Bran"...check this out as well :lol:


especially the clip of Lisa Walford ( ..a rare beauty :roll: :wink: )...............but her Dad knew his stuff .......I think

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 10:39 pm 
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Kellogg’s has increased the sugar content in some of its bestselling cereals. Cornflakes now have eight grams of sugar per 100 grams compared with 7.4 grams in 1978; All-Bran has 17 grams compared with 15.4 grams in 1978, and Rice Krispies have 10 grams of sugar, up one gram since 1978.

Oh oh :(

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 10:46 pm 
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This site may give you a few options:

http://www.childcarenutrition.com/res00 ... tml#highly

(Stay away from Capt'n Crunch!!!)

 Post subject: Yep
PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 12:33 am 
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Mary I know a lover of strawberries
Will send this link to her ;)
She is new to the Martial arts and I think she is going to be around a long long time :)

Soon be picking time in NS!


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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 5:03 pm 
All Bran and special K are both on the list as " higly recommended ":D .....for the life of me I cannot help getting the two brands mixed up in my head :evil:

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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 7:33 pm 
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I guess you have to choose which demons are worse than others....and parents wonder why their kids are so hyper.... DUH!


Total Sugar

Product Manufacturer (% dry weight)
Sugar Smacks Kellogg 56.0
Apple Jacks Kellogg 54.6
Froot Loops Kellogg 48.0
Sugar Corn Pops Kellogg 46.0
Super Sugar Crisp General Foods 46.0
Crazy Cow (chocolate) General Mills 45.6
Corny Snaps Kellogg 45.5
Frosted Rice Krinkles General Foods 44.0
Frankenberry General Mills 43.7
CookieCrisp, Vanilla RalstonPurina 43.5
Cap'n Crunch's Crunch Berries Quaker Oats 43.3
Cocoa Krispies Kellogg 43.0
Cocoa Pebbles General Foods 42.6
Fruity Pebbles General Foods 42.5
Lucky Charms General Mills 42.2
CookieCrisp, Chocolate RalstonPurina 41.0
Sugar Frosted Flakes Kellogg 41.0
Quisp Quaker Oats 40.7
Crazy Cow (strawberry) General Mills 40.1
CookieCrisp, Oatmeal RalstonPurina 40.1
Cap'n Crunch Quaker Oats 40.0
Count Chocula General Mills 39.5
AlphaBits General Foods 38.0
Honey Comb General Foods 37.2
Frosted Rice Kellogg 37.0
Trix General Mills 35.9
Cocoa Puffs General Mills 33.3
Cap'n Crunch, Peanut butter Quaker Oats 32.2
Post Raisin Bran General Foods 30.4
Golden Grahams General Mills 30.0
Cracklin' Bran Kellogg 29.0
Raisin Bran Kellogg 29.0
C.W. Post, Raisin General Foods 29.0
C.W. Post General Foods 28.7
Frosted MiniWheats Kellogg 26.0
Country Crisp General Foods 22.0
Life, Cinnamon Flavor Quaker Oats 21.0
100% Bran Nabisco 21.0
AllBran Kellogg 19.0
Fortified Oat Flakes General Foods 18.5
Life Quaker Oats 16.0
Team Nabisco 14.1
GrapeNuts Flakes General Foods 13.3
40% Bran Flakes General Foods 13.0
Buc Wheat General Mills 12.2
Product 19 Kellogg 9.9
Concentrate Kellogg 9.3
Total General Mills 8.3
Wheaties General Mills 8.2
Rice Krispies Kellogg 7.8
GrapeNuts General Foods 7.0
Special K Kellogg 5.4
Corn Flakes Kellogg 5.3
Post Toasties General Foods 5.0
Kix General Mills 4.8
Rice Chex RalstonPurina 4.4
Corn Chex RalstonPurina 4.0
Wheat Chex RalstonPurina 3.5
Cheerios General Mills 3.0
Shredded Wheat Nabisco 0.6
Puffed Wheat Quaker Oats 0.5
Puffed Rice Quaker Oats 0.1

Source: Based on an analysis published in 1979 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture of cereals that account for 90 percent of those purchased by Americans

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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 8:05 pm 
so are allbran an special k ..okay or what?? :?

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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 11:06 pm 
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I would suggest they are fine....but you can do better. Why not change every once in awhile.....next box of cereal go for something with less sugar like Cheerios and then back to the Special K.

Variety is the spice of life (even in breakfast cereals) :D

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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2007 6:38 pm 
to be honest I hate breakfast cereals :) .....I only eat the special K or the bran flakes as a vehicle for the strawberries and bluberries.
My favourite breakfast was curried noodles with spicy potatoe wedges and mushrooms :lol: .............so I've gone healthy 8)

I love strawberries in scones with clotted Devon cream :D

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