This post is sponsored by Florida Strawberry in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.
Did you know that if you are buying strawberries in your local grocer now they are probably coming from Florida? Sure some come from other places but by checking the label you’ll get the best. The winter Florida climate is perfect to grow the beautiful luscious berries. In fact, Plant City, Florida is recognized worldwide as the winter strawberry capital of the world. If you’ve never had a juicy Florida strawberry, well, you’re missing out. They are available from November to April each year. If you don’t see them in your grocer, ASK! You’ll be happy you did.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog you know how much I love my Florida strawberries. I just can’t get enough when they are in season. If you want to know more about the best berry on the planet find out more here at Florida Strawberry. Each beautiful berry is jam packed full of berry good nutrition. Strawberries are virtually fat free so it’s easy to indulge. Just eight berries contain more vitamin C than one orange and the perfect serving size is 5 ounces. With such a small serving size it’s so easy to include the the nutritional benefits of Florida strawberries in a healthy diet in a variety of ways. Especially if you’ve made New Year’s resolutions! A few of my favorite ways to get this uber healthy berry into my family’s diet is to make smoothies, add chopped strawberries to warm oatmeal on a cool morning and add them to salads, which is probably my favorite way and why I developed this salad recipe with a strawberry balsamic vinaigrette. Florida strawberries add a touch of sweetness to my salad, in addition to the nutrition benefits. The vinaigrette would be good on a variety of salads that include protein for a healthy meal. I also think it’s pretty cool that a strawberry is the only fruit with the seeds on the outside. On a less healthy note…I like to make strawberry milkshakes for my kids. When the price is right, which is usually the entire Florida strawberry season, I also buy up the berries to make freezer strawberry jam so I always have my favorite spread for my toast. The possibilities for using strawberries are endless. Strawberry salsa is delicious over chicken or fish, dipping them in chocolate is always a treat and I’ve read where there are health benefits to dark chocolate so there’s a win win!