We love fruit. Any time we write about it, we hear from some people who tell us it upsets their blood sugar. You know your body better than anyone else. You understand how foods impact you. So, we aren’t arguing that anyone is wrong. Everyone is different! But, with two grams of fiber per 100 grams of fruit, strawberries can be a very healthy part of your diet. Often, the foods we pair together can make us think one impacts our blood sugar more than it does. So, if you believe strawberries make your blood sugar spike, you might want to think about how you eat strawberries. When they are enjoyed in moderation, they shouldn’t upset your blood sugar and are a wonderful source of vitamin C, manganese and antioxidants.
This week marks both National Pick Strawberries Day and National Strawberries and Cream Day. The fruit is in season, and we want to enjoy it while it’s at its best! Picking them yourself at a farm can be a fun outdoor activity that lets you choose your own produce and get you outside. Or you can head to the store. Either way, we have four delicious strawberry dessert recipes you’ll enjoy!
We’re starting with a recipe that is so simple you’ll kick yourself for not making it years ago. And, it doesn’t actually require fresh fruit. But, adding some fresh strawberries to serve it would be delightful! The recipe has only four ingredients and takes only about five minutes. You literally “whip” this up! It’s a dessert in a snap and doesn’t require any heating; it’s perfect for warm nights! A serving has 203 calories and two grams of carbs. Get the recipe.
This pie is delicious, but we suggest following the optional step of baking the crust. It says you can freeze the crust and use it unbaked. As the whole pie never gets baked, we think it tastes better if you bake the crust first. However, if it is sweltering where you live and the idea of turning the oven on fills you with dread, it won’t ruin the recipe if you leave it unbaked. This recipe does require the use of the stovetop to dissolve the gelatin for the cream center. It’s a perfect pie when you want a creamy, fruity treat this summer. A serving has 233 calories, 6.2 grams of carbs and 2.3 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
These cheesecake strawberries are adorable and an easy dessert to bring to a potluck or serve at a summer party. They are perfect for eating one-handed, and they are so pretty that they will impress whoever you serve them to. But, they are so easy to make and don’t require baking. One thing to note, while you can use low-fat cream cheese, be sure you use brick cream cheese. The kind from a tub won’t set as well. And, if you bring them to a get-together, chill them in the freezer for 20 minutes before leaving home to transport them more easily. A serving has 112 calories, seven grams of carbs and 1.8 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
No summer feels complete to us without enjoying crumble. While we usually think of strawberries being paired with rhubarb in crumbles, this one lets the strawberries shine on their own. It’s a fast recipe that is easy to make. While it does require baking, it’s not in the oven too long. Still, preheating the oven to 375 will add some heat to your kitchen. Either make this recipe before the weather gets too hot or hold off until the rare cool summer evening. It’s best served still warm — although not piping hot — from the oven. A serving has 264 calories, eight grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
Any one of these four recipes is sure to be a hit this week or all season long in your house. We hope you enjoy strawberries while they are at their peak!