The Youth Connection’s 12D2 Fruit/Vegetable of The Month: Strawberries & Kiwi's

April: Strawberries & Kiwi's

Strawberries contain high levels of Vitamin C, which produces antioxidants that helps your body repair and plays a huge role in your immune function and absorption of iron.  Kiwi’s helps you build a strong digestive and immune system, helps with regulate diabetes, skin care and is the perfect fruit for pregnant women.

 

Produce Tip: Look for plump berries with a natural shine, rich red color, bright green caps, and a sweet smell.

Recipes

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry & Spinach Salad
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Serving: 4

Prep Tip: Wash strawberries gently. They bruise easily.

Change it Up: Use any kind of salad greens or lettuce you like. Add cooked chicken or a hard-boiled egg to make this salad a main dish.

Nutrition Tip: Read food labels on salad dressings and choose those with 140mg sodium or less.
 

Ingredients

  • baby spinach leaves – 6 ounces, rinsed and dried
  • strawberries – 1 pint, fresh, thinly sliced, tops removed
  • kiwi’s – 2, thinly sliced
  • onion – ½ cup, thinly sliced
  • vinaigrette – ½ cup, bottled, balsamic or raspberry
  • sugar – 2 teaspoons

 

Instructions

1. In a small mixing bowl, stir together salad dressing and sugar until sugar is dissolved.

2. In a large mixing bowl, toss spinach, strawberries, and onion. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat.

 

Kiwi Strawberry Smoothie

Kiwi Strawberry Smoothie
  • Yield: 1 servings
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Serving: 1

Prep Tip: Before serving, use cool water to gently wash strawberries with the green caps still attached.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 6 strawberries
  • 1 kiwi
  • ½ cup vanilla frozen yogurt
  • ¾ cup pineapple and orange juice blend

 

Instructions

  1. Place the banana, strawberries, kiwi, vanilla frozen yogurt, and pineapple and orange juice blend in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Serve.

 

Strawberry & Kiwi Parfait

Strawberry & Kiwi Parfait
  • Yield: 1 servings
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Serving: 1

Prep Tip: Look for no-sugar-added frozen strawberries.

Ingredients

  • ½  cup sliced strawberries
  • ½  cup sliced kiwi’s
  • ½ cup lowfat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lowfat granola

Instructions

  1. Cut strawberries and kiwi's in half lengthwise.
  2. Spoon yogurt into bowl or cup.
  3. Place strawberries on both sides of yogurt.
  4. Top yogurt with granola and kiwi’s.
  5. Serve.

Searching for more healthy recipes? Cook a delicious meal for the entire family by going to The Michigan Harvest of the Month at the Michigan Nutrition Network by the Michigan Fitness Foundation!  

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