Posted by: OCI | July 15, 2011

HEALTH: Strawberry Summer

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted a recipe!

For many, summer’s sweltering temperatures are enough to subdue the heartiest appetite. However, fresh fruit like strawberries is a great way to savor the flavor of summer without feeling bloated and heavy. These cheery red fruits are loaded with vitamins and fiber, as well as high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols. Did you know that one serving of strawberries (about 8 strawberries) provides more vitamin C than an orange? Not only are strawberries a tasty and healthy way to enjoy summer, but they also protect your heart, increase good cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, and guard against cancer.* So long after summer is over, you’ll be reaping the long term benefits!

What are you waiting for? If you’re tired of strawberry shortcake, here’s a healthy variation. Enjoy!

Strawberry Delight – from the kitchen of Black Hills Health & Education Center, an OCI member ministry in South Dakota.

1. In a baking pan spread a layer of granola.
2. Cover with a layer of Sweet Cream.
3. Add a layer of fresh sliced strawberries (blueberries are also good).
4. Add toasted coconut.
5. Serve at room temperature. If using frozen fruit, let it mostly thaw first.

Sweet Cream:
2 cups water
1 cup cashews
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/3 cup crushed pineapple with the juice
1 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. pineapple extract (lemon opt)
pinch of salt

1. Blend until very smooth.
2. Pour into kettle and cook until thick and boiling stirring constantly as it burns easily.
3. Cool.

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