Straw­berry fare

THEY’RE SUM­MER’S FAVOURITE FRUIT. WHY ELSE WOULD SUM­MER MAKE THEM HEART SHAPED?

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Burst­ing with vi­ta­min C, as well as fo­late and niacin, the hum­ble straw­berry is more than just the taste of sum­mer, it’s a nu­tri­tious snack that can be en­joyed every day in nu­mer­ous ways. We all know the Kiwi clas­sic, straw­ber­ries with ic­ing sugar and a dol­lop of cream, but there are so many other ways they can pack a healthy punch at break­fast, lunch or din­ner time. Here are some clever ideas from Maria Foy of ‘Happy Mum Happy Child’ that help cel­e­brate straw­berry sea­son and make every day de­li­cious.

Break­fasts

You can brighten up even the most bor­ing of ce­re­als with slices of straw­berry, or add them to p ain yo­ghurt to add f avour. If you’re not a ce­real per­son, have you thought about try­ing peanut but­ter and sliced straw­ber­ries on toast? It’s a must!

Or you can keep your straw­ber­ries in the freezer and then throw them in a smoothie. When you freeze the straw­ber­ries, not only do they ast longer, it makes the smoothie crisp and cool. You can even sneak veg­eta­bles into the smoothie, and the straw­ber­ries will help to keep it sweet.

Sal­ads

Sum­mer is the sea­son of straw­ber­ries, as well as the sea­son of sa ads; and what bet­ter way to en­joy both by com­bin­ing them? You can make the most ba­sic of sa ads taste scrump­tious by sim­ply adding sliced straw­ber­ries.

Lunches / snacks

When New Zea and straw­ber­ries come into sea­son, I love pop­ping them in my kids’ lunch for a bit of va­ri­ety. They’re su­per easy to pre­pare too – I just put them in! The same goes for snacks, I sim­ply add it to their p ate along with the rest of the food.

Desserts

There’s noth­ing quite like hav­ing straw­ber­ries for dessert. Cheese­cake, pavlova, brownie, short­cake – pretty much any­thing turns out amaz­ing when fresh straw­ber­ries are added.

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