12 Ideas & Recipes to Use Up Strawberries
Have you noticed strawberries are having their moment?
As a child strawberry season was met with pure joy and some stiff competition over the fruit bowl…
However, in my adult years, I was seduced by the more exotic and seemingly exclusive players of the berry cohort; Frozen blueberries, raspberries and recently acai have taken reign in my routine shopping list.
But, in the last few weeks I’ve revisited my love affair with the classic strawberry and my taste buds have loved me right back.
It certainly helps that strawberries are in abundance this time of year, but it also means I’m constantly in need of new ideas and recipes to use up strawberries from bulk boxes I’m buying at the markets. #Can’tHelpMyself 😍🍓
We all know strawberries taste delicious, but from a health perspective, why opt for red spotted fella?
Let’s break it down:
While there are oodles of benefits to Vitamin C, from boosting immunity to fighting heart disease, here I’ll be focusing on its wonderful effects on the skin and eye health. The anti-aging antioxidant Vitamin C is vital in the production of collagen and also fights free radicals, whilst strengthening the eye’s cornea and retina. In other words not only will it plump up and brighten your skin, it’ll also make it easier for you to admire said skin through improved vision. Double win.
The sweet little red guys also help you “go” due to their high fibre content. Fibre also helps to lower the absorption of sugar, so if you’re adding strawberries to your smoothie bowl or another sweet type of breakfast, the fibre will help with keeping your blood sugar levels steady.
With it’s impressive profile of phytonutrients including anthocyanins, ellagitannins, flavonols, terpenoids, and phenolic acids, strawberries can also help lower cardiovascular disease and reduce inflammation. And Much More – Among all of the above, strawberries also contain important minerals and compounds like manganese, potassium, biotin, vitamin B6, iodine and folate.
And, while that’s all fabulous I know by now your eyes are glazing over from all the nutrition “science” and you simply want to know:
“HOW CAN I EAT MORE STRAWBERRIES?”
That’s a berry good question – let’s explore…
#1 Strawberry Porridge
While I’m not psyched about this winter chill dragging out for what feels like forever (anyone else in Perth?), it does mean warm comforting oats are still on the breakfast menu. That is a good thing for lovers of strawberries, because strawberries taste fabulous mixed through porridge with a drizzle of maple syrup. If you’re a chocolate for breakfast kinda human (*fist pump) then mix through a tablespoon of raw cacao for a decadent touch.
#2 Strawberry Chia Jam
When strawberries are in abundance, it’s time to make strawberry jam. Traditional jam is loaded with sugar, so this strawberry chia jam, which bulks the jam out with protein and good fats, is a great alternative.
#3 Avo Smash with Strawberries + Goat Cheese on Sourdough
This recipe I credit to the I Quit Sugar team. Tired of the same old avo smash on a Sunday Morning? This will become your new addiction.
Toast some sourdough and top with avocado mixed with chunks of goat cheese and a sprinkle of Himalayan sea salt. Add slices of strawberry, a good cracking of pepper, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil to finish. Place under the oven grill for about 5 minutes, or until strawberries soften and cheese turns a golden brown. It sounds like a strange combination, but trust me, it’s sweet, salty, tart, crunchy and divine.
#4 Strawberry Salad
Fruit in salad is a thing you know. Strawberry tends to work best when combined with:
Baby Spinach + Slivered Almonds + Halloumi/Goat Cheese/Chicken + Avocado with a vinaigrette based dressing.
Just Google “strawberry salad” and you’ll be greeted with an abundance of options to guide you.
#5 Vanilla Strawberry Coco Smoothie Bowl
Are you guilty of packing in too many different fruits, greens and super powders into your morning smoothie? We often think more variety is better when it comes smoothies, but sometimes showcasing one ingredient will result in the best flavour. And back in the days, before acai, pitaya, maqui and co. came into the picture, luscious juicy red strawberries was where it was at for a go-to morning smoothie.
Here’s a quick easy recipe:
Blend a handful of strawberries with a 2 tbsp of 100% coconut cream, 2 tbsp soaked chia seeds, 1 serving vanilla protein powder, ice, ½ (optional), and stevia to taste. Pour the whipped concoction in a bowl and top with more strawberries and granola.
#6 Go-to Topper/Filler
Strawberries can also be used as an easy topping or flavour addition to so many other things…
- Add fresh sliced strawberries and blueberries to full-fat greek yoghurt and sprinkle with a generous serve of granola
- Slice strawberries with banana and add bluebluerries, a generous drizzle of ABC butter, MCT oil, granola and sprinkle of Himalayan salt. Dis is so good!
- Pile on top of your favourite protein pancakes (see Hack #4)
- Layer on top of chia puddings
- Add strawberry slices to cacao coconut / avo mousse
- Add on top of banana “icecream”
- Add slices to your champagne for a dose of antioxidants ;D
What are your go-to recipes to use up strawberries?
Let me know in the comments!