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5 Reasons to eat strawberries

  1. One serving is about 8 strawberries (or one cup) and has only 45 calories, 3 grams fiber and more vitamin C than an orange.
  2. Provides essential nutrients that may help control high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
  3. Antioxidants found in strawberries may help slow or prevent age-related decline in cognitive function.
  4. Are one of the top 10 superfoods for a diabetes meal, according to the American Diabetes Association
  5. Contain ellagic acid which may reduce the growth and spread of certain cancers.

strawberriesStrawberry and Blue Cheese Bruschetta
Serves 12 (1 each).

Active time: 20 minutes | Total: 20 minutes

All you need:

  • 12 medium strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 tsp Hy-Vee sugar
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) Hy-Vee reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 to 2 tsp water, if needed
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon Hy-Vee freshly ground pepper
  • 12 slices whole-grain baguette (1/4 inch thick), warmed or toasted

All you do:

  1. Combine strawberries and sugar in a medium bowl and let stand while you make the cheese spread.
  2. Combine cream cheese and blue cheese in a small bowl using a fork. Add water, if necessary, for a thick but spreadable consistency. Stir in 1 tablespoon chives and pepper.
  3. Spread about 1 teaspoon of the cheese mixture on each piece of baguette. Top with the sliced berries. Garnish with a sprinkle of chives, if desired.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 66 calories, 2g fat, 1g saturated fat, 5mg cholesterol, 139mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 2g protein.

Source: adapted from Eating Well, Inc.

The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

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