Wednesday, March 17, 2021

WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: Spring Strawberries


"Blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries are true super foods.  Naturally sweet and juicy, berries are low in sugar and high in nutrients - they are among the best foods you can eat."  

                                                                                                   --Joel Fuhrman, MD

When you live in Florida, where there is basically one season (summer), fresh strawberries from Plant City signal the beginning of spring.

Strawberries are a bright spot in the world of fruits.  They are cute, sweet, tasty, and fun to eat. They are highly versatile as an ingredient.  You can pick strawberries right off the plant and pop them into your mouth, add them to a green salad, make a strawberry banana smoothie, or slice them into a baked pie crust and top with whipped coconut cream for a fabulous, prize-winning dessert.   

Buying the best strawberries begins with choosing to buy organically grown berries. Strawberries top the Environmental Working Group's "Dirty Dozen" list of fruits and vegetables highly contaminated by pesticides.  More than 90% of the strawberries sampled by the Environmental Working Group tested positive for 2 or more pesticides.  This is why it is recommended that you spend a little more to buy only organic strawberries.

Eat real food.  Buy organically grown fruits and vegetables whenever possible.  

With love and kindness,

Nancy Heinrich, MPH

Founder and Wellness Architect