Love Your Food, Let it Love You Back (Pt. I)

Ever notice how a strawberry in May tastes so much better than one in January?

When you eat foods in season, you’re getting peak flavor and nutrition. And Nature (that saucy minx) provides particular foods at specific times of year, because that’s when your body needs them most.

This month, I’m highlighting three different Spring-y foods that love you as much as you love them.

Bonus – these “super” foods are also super-single friendly. You can buy them in quantities that make sense, and they’re a breeze to prepare.

I am currently having a full-on love fest with strawberries. We’re like that annoying couple that ignores all their friends and makes nonstop googly eyes at each other.

The mighty strawberry. Why you love it:

In most climates, strawberries are the first fruit of the year. The sweet–but-not-too-sweet taste and juicy texture make them delightful snacks.

They’re versatile – add them to yogurt, salad, homemade pancakes. Dip them in almond butter for my favorite springtime snack. Make strawberry rhubarb pie.

They’re great for small households because they never stick around for long enough to go bad. And if they do, you can just cut off the tops and freeze them for smoothies or future jam.

They require zero prep besides a little rinsing. Remember, don’t wash your berries until just before you eat them – they get mushy otherwise.

And unlike some other superfoods that are decidedly weird looking, strawberries are beautiful. I firmly believe that eating pretty food is good for your health.

Why it loves you:

  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Cancer fighting
  • Vitamin C (8 strawberries contain more than one orange!)
  • Manganese: strong bones, healthy skin, promotes healthy blood sugar levels
  • Folate: healthy red blood cells
  • Potassium: helps your heart beat. That one’s important. (Associated with blood flow to your muscles)
  • Fiber: healthy digestion and elimination, controls blood sugar

Two awesome ways to get your strawberry fill this season:

Strawberry-Mint Salad

  • 4 C strawberries, halved or quartered
  • 4 C watermelon, cubed
  • ¼ C fresh mint, chopped fine
  • ¼ C feta cheese
  • Black pepper to taste

Combine everything except feta in a bowl and toss to combine. Add feta just before serving.

This salad will taste better if it sits for an hour or two – but it will start to get mushy after two days.

Balsamic Strawberries

  • However many strawberries you want
  • Balsamic vinegar to coat

Toss berries & vinegar together and let marinate for at least two hours. The sugars will combine and you’ll have a sweet treat.

Use to top salads for a sweet/savory kind of thing, or with whipped cream or ice cream for a little treat.

Of course, this doesn’t include the best and easiest way to eat strawberries, which is to gobble them all up as soon as you get home from the market.

Written by Sam

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