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Healthy Foods to Make With Strawberries

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strawberry smoothie

Strawberries are a popular summer treat. They are in season just about all summer long and they are very versatile. Their sweetness makes them a perfect addition to desserts and other treats. While many strawberry dishes such as strawberry pie or strawberry shortcake may not be on your loved one’s meal plan, there are still many wonderful ways to use strawberries to make healthy and delicious treats at home. Here are just a few ideas:

* Strawberry and Spinach Salad

Even though strawberries are used most often at dessert and breakfast, here is a way to include strawberries at dinner and lunchtime, too! Start with some fresh spinach and add sliced strawberries, red onions, walnuts, and a crumbly cheese. Then, top it with a tangy balsamic vinaigrette. This is the perfect, refreshing meal for a hot summer day.

* Strawberry Sorbet or Ice Pops

Pureed strawberries that are blended with a little bit of sugar and some balsamic vinegar can be frozen to make a healthy summer dessert sorbet. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker or pour it into popsicle molds to make a dessert that requires no dishes.

* Strawberry Infused Water

Freeze whole strawberries or strawberry slices and then toss them into your loved one’s water bottle for naturally flavored water. The frozen strawberries will keep the water nice and cold and they will also add a sweet but subtle flavor. Try this trick whenever your loved one is craving a soda, fruit juice, or other sugar drink. This is a great way to make water more appealing during summer months when it is so important for elderly adults to stay hydrated.

* Strawberry Salsa

For a snack that is fresh, spicy and sweet, try making a strawberry salsa. Chop strawberries finely and then combine them with chopped red onions, jalapeño, cilantro, and a little lime juice. This is also a great dip to bring to a potluck or party and it is a healthier alternative to queso dips, french onion dips, or spinach artichoke dip.

* Strawberry Smoothie

Strawberries go great in smoothies and they can give a smoothie that lovely pink color. Try using plain yogurt or milk as a base or unsweetened almond milk if you loved one avoids dairy. Then, try making some of your own combinations. Some ideas include strawberry and banana, strawberry and peach, mixed berries, or pineapple, mango, and strawberry.

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