May 292014

Strawberries are in season now, get them while you can, and as many as you can!

Strawberries are one of the leading fruits for antioxidants. ¬†Given their unique combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, it’s not surprising to see strong research support for strawberry health benefits in three major areas: (1) cardiovascular support and prevention of cardiovascular diseases (2) improved regulation of blood sugar, with decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, and (3) prevention of certain cancer types including breast, cervical, colon, and esophageal cancer.

Strawberries provide an outstanding variety of phytonutrients, including anthocyanins (especially cyanindins and pelargonidins); flavonols (especially procyanidins, catechins, gallocatechins, epicatechins, epigallocatechins, kaempferol and quercetin); hydroxybenzoic acids (especially ellagic acid); hydroxycinnamic acids (including cinnamic, coumaric, caffeic, and ferulic acid); and stilbenes (including resveratrol). Strawberries are an excellent source of antioxidant-promoting vitamin C and manganese. They are also a very good source of dietary fiber, iodine, and folate. Plus, strawberries are a good source of copper, potassium, biotin, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B6, and omega-3 fatty acids.

At The Sprout, we offer MANY delicious smoothies featuring strawberries for your body AND tastebuds to enjoy!

On your next visit try:

- Freshman: Fresh apple juice, strawberries and banana

- Proberry: Almond milk, agave, banana, strawberries and blueberries

- Meal Deal: Almond milk, cinnamon, walnuts, strawberries, banana and peaches

- Berryland: Fresh apple juice, strawberries and blueberries