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: https://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.

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42 Comments

  1. Candy Olivares June 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    I shared via Facebook.

  2. Candy Olivares June 25, 2012 at 8:42 pm - Reply

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

  3. Candy Olivares June 25, 2012 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    I tweeted but couldn’t get a copy of the link 🙁

  4. Pam Gordon June 26, 2012 at 3:57 am - Reply

    I love strawberries in my protein smoothie, and strawberry shortcake 🙂

  5. Pam Gordon June 26, 2012 at 3:59 am - Reply

    shared on facebook 🙂

  6. Pam Gordon June 26, 2012 at 4:00 am - Reply

    following CA strawberries on twitter – which lead me to find Amazing Avocado – cool 🙂

  7. Pam Gordon June 26, 2012 at 4:08 am - Reply

    watched and shared this video!!! Love it!!!

  8. monica young June 26, 2012 at 4:19 am - Reply

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

    • monica young June 26, 2012 at 4:25 am - Reply

      @monicazyoung

  9. Danielle June 26, 2012 at 7:23 am - Reply

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

  10. Ashley June 26, 2012 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Strawberry shortcake

    Irishred02

  11. Micah mitchell (@fbbmomma) June 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    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!!

  12. Julie Cutshaw July 4, 2012 at 4:42 pm - Reply

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

    My twitter user name is @itsallnew2me

  13. Penny Jones July 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm - Reply

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

  14. Katherine July 5, 2012 at 6:34 am - Reply

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

  15. Kristen m July 5, 2012 at 8:03 am - Reply

    I love strawberry shortcake!
    Blue65829 at aol dot com

  16. Suzanne K July 5, 2012 at 10:44 am - Reply

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

  17. Susan Ladd July 5, 2012 at 11:00 am - Reply

    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 !!!!!!!!

  18. Megan @mnmspecial July 5, 2012 at 11:21 am - Reply

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

  19. Susan Chester July 5, 2012 at 11:22 am - Reply

    I like to make strawberry banana smoothies-so healthy and delicious!
    smchester at gmail dot com

  20. christina givens July 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    I love strawberry tarts

  21. jeannine s (@mellanhead) July 5, 2012 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    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

  22. tracy davis July 5, 2012 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    strawberry shortcake is my fave recipe

  23. crystle tellerday July 6, 2012 at 8:08 am - Reply

    strawberry shortcake

  24. Katie R July 6, 2012 at 11:02 am - Reply

    My favorite strawberry recipe is a strawberry banana smoothie

  25. Jennifer July 9, 2012 at 9:15 am - Reply

    I love fresh strawberry preserves!

  26. Michelle W July 9, 2012 at 11:12 am - Reply

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

  27. Aimee Fontenot July 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    I like strawberry banana smoothies.

  28. michele malone July 10, 2012 at 8:48 am - Reply

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

  29. Eileen Burke July 10, 2012 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Strawberry Shortcake of course!

  30. Allison July 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    I love my grandma’s strawberry jam.

  31. Brittani July 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    I like strawberry shortcake!

  32. Samantha July 10, 2012 at 6:56 pm - Reply

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

  33. Jennifer Reed July 11, 2012 at 1:52 am - Reply

    Strawberry Shortcake is my ultimate favorite strawberry recipe. No Twitter
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  34. Susan Climan July 11, 2012 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Can’t go wrong with Strawberry Shortcake!

  35. chadro July 11, 2012 at 10:41 am - Reply

    Strawberry creamed jello salad that is made with cool whip, jello and fresh strawberry slices in it
    twitter id- @Harzich

  36. susan smoaks July 11, 2012 at 11:37 am - Reply

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

  37. Lori Hart July 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Follow CAStrawberries on Twitter @snowluvnferret2

  38. Michelle July 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Mmmm strawberry goat cheese pizza. Yum. @honestandtruly

  39. Laurie Emerson July 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    I love making Strawberry Rhubarb Pie.
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

  40. Stefanie July 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Fresh strawberries sprinkled with Splenda….yummm

  41. Jane Squires July 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    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.

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