California Strawberries: More Than Just Tasty! (Giveaway, too!)

Recently I had the opportunity to join nine fellow bloggers on an exciting and informational retreat to learn all about the strawberries grown in California. We were able to see how they are grown, packed, shipped, sold and we even got a little peek at the research being done to benefit both consumers and farmers. I also got to eat a few strawberries here and there, as well.

One of the things that really stood out for me during the trip was learning about the health benefits of strawberries. Most of you probably already know that strawberries are high in vitamin C and low in calories, but there’s more to them than that!

  • The potassium in strawberries helps control blood pressure and fight stroke.
  • They contain fiber, which is helpful for weight control and relieving constipation.
  • Women who consume more strawberries are found to be less likely to develop dementia later in life.
  • Phytochemicals found in strawberries help prevent cancer.

 

 

Strawberries are quite the overachievers, aren’t they?

If you can’t get your hands on fresh strawberries all of time, that’s okay because frozen strawberries are just as nutritious. Even freeze-dried strawberries can be beneficial. They lose a minuscule amount of the vitamins, but the fiber, anti-oxidants and phytochemicals all remain intact.

Strawberries are on the lower end of the sugar scale compared to many other fruits, but you’d never be able to tell by their taste. They’re sweet enough on their own that I don’t have to add a bunch of sugar to any of the dishes. Occasionally I might sprinkle a little stevia into a recipe, but most of the time it’s not needed at all.

How can you get more strawberries into your diet?

I truly feel that the best way to eat a strawberry is to eat it fresh, but there are other ways you can get lots of strawberries into your diet without getting all straw-berried out.

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal, cereal, pancakes, smoothies, crepes and waffles are all very compatible with strawberries. Experiment and see what your favorite combo is.
  • Snacks: I love to stir cut-up strawberries into some plain yogurt, or have them on top of a piece of toast with almond butter.
  • Lunch and Dinner: Try them in a salad, on pizza, or as a fresh salsa on top of fish. They also pair well with pork.
  • Dessert: Sorbet, shortcake, pie, mousse, ice cream, cakes, the possibilities are endless. Get creative with strawberries, either as an ingredient or a topping, or both!

The California Strawberry Commission has plenty of recipes available on their website. You can also find plenty of inspiration by searching online, or browsing pinterest. Or get creative and make up your own great dishes!

Giveaway Time!

The California Strawberry Commission has kindly offered a lovely gift basket with a cookbook, gardening tools, and other fun stuff for one lucky winner:

To enter: (Please leave a comment for EACH entry, and include your twitter handle so we can get a hold of you if you win.)

1. Leave a comment with your favorite strawberry recipe.

2. Share this post on Facebook (3 entries)

3. Follow @CAStrawberries on Twitter (1 entry)

4. Tweet the following and leave a link to your tweet: “I just entered to win a @CAStrawberries gift basket from #Mamavation! Enter here: http://www.mamavation.com/?p=7889″

5. Join the Mamavation Forums and post 10 times (10 entries, new members only)

6. Share this on Google+ (2 entries)

7. Join the Bookieboo Blogging Network (2 entries, new members only)

8. Watch the Mamavation Video and share it with friends (1 entry)

This giveaway ends July 11th. Prize can only be shipped to a physical address in the 50 United States. No PO Boxes. A winner will be selected at random via random.org. Please leave an email or twitter name in the comment section so I can get a hold of you if you win. If there is no email or twitter name, a new winner will be drawn.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the California Strawberry Commission. I was taken on a retreat to learn more about strawberries, from how they’re grown and packaged and sent to stores, to all the health benefits. All facts and statistics are taken from the Strawberry Commission’s website. All my opinions are my own.

Angela Bishop

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  1. I shared via Facebook.

  2. I love having strawberries in my fruit salad. Strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, kiwi & pineapple in my fruit salad.

  3. I tweeted but couldn’t get a copy of the link :(

  4. I love strawberries in my protein smoothie, and strawberry shortcake :)

  5. shared on facebook :)

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  8. monica young says:

    I love strawberry popsicles, homemade to avoid all the sugar and be all natural

  9. monica young says:

    shared post on facebook entry 1

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  16. Danielle says:

    I love strawberries with a really good balsamic vinegar. The color of the berries are amazing and the taste is divine!

  17. Strawberry shortcake

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  18. I LOVE strawberries in all forms! It’s hard to pick my favorite. Strawberry ice cream, yogurt, plain. Strawberry shortcake! Yummy!!!! Im headed to my fridge right now to eat some!!

  19. Following on twitter

  20. Julie Cutshaw says:

    My favorite strawberry recipe is banana spilt dessert which uses three layers of strawberries in it, yum! Thanks.

    My twitter user name is @itsallnew2me

  21. Penny Jones says:

    I love strawberry shortcake and strawberry cake. They are my favorite……my twitter is Kickin

  22. Penny Jones says:

    I shared on facebook

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  28. EMMA L HORTON says:

    I LIKE THEM JUST PLAIN AND ALSO ON WAFFLES

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  32. Katherine says:

    I have a strawberry cream cheese and pretzel salad we love here~

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    I love strawberry shortcake!
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  35. elven johnson says:

    Strawberry smoothie

  36. Monique Rizzo says:

    I like Strawberry Rhubarb pie.
    Thanks for the chance.
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  37. Jennifer B. says:

    I like to make smoothies with strawberries. YUMMMY!

  38. Jennifer B. says:

    Following @CAStrawberries on Twitter. @fangirljen

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  40. Suzanne K says:

    I love strawberries just washed and eaten! They are so good I don’t even want to wait to do anything with them

  41. Susan Ladd says:

    I having strawberries by themselves or in a salad. Follow on Twitter – corrysue1. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep and hope to win :) Thanks !!!!!!!!

  42. I just made a delicious watermelon, lime, & strawberry drink blended with ice. Delicious.

  43. I follow castrawberries on twitter.

  44. I like to make strawberry banana smoothies-so healthy and delicious!
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  45. christina givens says:

    I love strawberry tarts

  46. Christine says:

    strawberry shortcake

  47. Carolyn G says:

    Strawberry pie

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  51. jeannine s (@mellanhead) says:

    Our favorite is a strawberry banana pineapple smoothie. I freeze sliced starwberrries and bananas. When they are frozen I blend them with pineapple juice to make smoothies

  52. jeannine s (@mellanhead) says:
  53. strawberry shortcake is my fave recipe

  54. My favorite strawberry recipe is cutting them up, stir frying with vegies and a bit of chicken

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    strawberry shortcake

  57. Katie R says:

    My favorite strawberry recipe is a strawberry banana smoothie

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  61. I like to cut them up, along with a banana, and put them on top of Cool Whip.

  62. Following CAStrawberries on Twitter @sarohioan

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  64. Jennifer says:

    I love fresh strawberry preserves!

  65. Michelle W says:

    Strawberry fruit salad with bananas and grapes and a little bit of sugar

  66. Recipe? Most of my strawberries don’t make it out of the garden… they get eaten just as they are before we get inside! I guess strawberry shortcake.

  67. Aimee Fontenot says:

    I like strawberry banana smoothies.

  68. Aimee Fontenot says:

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  69. Strawberry cheesecake

  70. I like strawberry shortcake!

  71. Kim Smith says:

    Ihave my grandma’s Strawberyy pie recipe. It is awesoms and make me think of her everytime I make it

  72. Following on @CAStrawberries Twitter by @jeaniekswan

  73. To be honest, my favorite way to enjoy strawberries is pure, natural, raw… sliced and that’s it. No sugar added.

    If you need a recipe, sliced strawberries on angel food cake with real whipped cream

  74. I love freezer strawberry jam!

  75. Debbie C says:

    My favorite is fresh strawberries and Kefir blended into a smoothie.
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  76. Debbie C says:

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  77. Katherine says:
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  79. deana c says:

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  80. My fave recipe isn’t really a recipe, it’s just cut strawberries and Redi-Whip! Very tasty and low calorie.

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  82. michele malone says:

    I love making strawberry jam with the kids just like I used to make with my mom

  83. michele malone says:

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  84. Eileen Burke says:

    Strawberry Shortcake of course!

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    I follow @CAStrawberries on twitter as @darkmysticnight

  87. tina page says:

    strawberries with balsamic syrup and black pepper. sounds strange but is great!

  88. Lucy Schwartz says:

    I love Fresh Strawberry Pie.

  89. D Schmidt says:

    My favorite strawberry trifle

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  92. Donna George says:

    Good old fashioned strawberry short cake is my favorite
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  93. Allison says:

    I love my grandma’s strawberry jam.

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  99. Brittani says:

    I like strawberry shortcake!

  100. Brittney House says:

    I love strawberry cheesecake!

  101. Samantha says:

    My favorite strawberry recipe is a strawberry shortcake ice cream sundae!

  102. Samantha says:

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  104. Jennifer Reed says:

    Strawberry Shortcake is my ultimate favorite strawberry recipe. No Twitter
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  105. Katherine says:
  106. kathy pease says:

    Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

    Ingredients

    4 cups fresh rhubarb, 1-inch diced (4 to 5 stalks)
    4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and halved, if large
    1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
    1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest
    1 tablespoon cornstarch
    1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 cup quick-cooking (not instant) oatmeal, such as McCann’s
    12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, diced
    Vanilla ice cream, for serving

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    For the fruit, toss the rhubarb, strawberries, 3/4 cup of the granulated sugar and the orange zest together in a large bowl. In a measuring cup, dissolve the cornstarch in the orange juice and then mix it into the fruit. Pour the mixture into an 8-by-11-inch baking dish and place it on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

    For the topping, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar, the brown sugar, salt and oatmeal. With the mixer on low speed, add the butter and mix until the dry ingredients are moist and the mixture is in crumbles. Sprinkle the topping over the fruit, covering it completely, and bake for 1 hour, until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream.

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  113. Can’t go wrong with Strawberry Shortcake!

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  115. I love Strawverry Salsa!

  116. Strawberry creamed jello salad that is made with cool whip, jello and fresh strawberry slices in it
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  120. susan smoaks says:

    i like to eat my strawberries cut into small pieces with whipped cream on them, maybe with some angel food cake

  121. Follow CAStrawberries on Twitter @snowluvnferret2

  122. Mmmm strawberry goat cheese pizza. Yum. @honestandtruly

  123. Trisha McKee says:

    I put strawberries in vanilla ice cream or simply eat them plain!

    @wordromancer

  124. Trisha McKee says:

    Following on twitter as @wordromancer

  125. Trisha McKee says:
  126. I prefer my strawberries cleaned and dipped in sugar.

  127. Laurie Emerson says:

    I love making Strawberry Rhubarb Pie.
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  128. Laurie Emerson says:

    I follow @CA strawberries on twitter.
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  129. Laurie Emerson says:
  130. Breanne says:

    Strawberry banana smoothie

  131. Fresh strawberries sprinkled with Splenda….yummm

  132. Jane Squires says:

    My favorite strawberry recipe. Bake a German Chocolate cake. Double layer. Ice layers between and around cake with Cool Whip. In middle put some strawberries. On top and around cake put strawberries. The Cool Whip keeps the cake moist.

  133. Melinda Berlin says:

    http://allrecipes.com/video/164/strawberry-smoothies/detail.aspx..mmm, fresh strawberry yogurt recipes! Posted entry on Facebook, following on twitter @mberlin1967, tweeted entry on twitter, watched the video & shared on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/mberlin1967).
    The latest email I received gave this link so I hope the contest is still open (Thursday, August 9, 2012 11:56 AM).

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