If you are looking for a way to eat healthy and still keep a budget, look no further than your own backyard. I like to practice what I preach, so we spent the weekend at a local farm picking strawberries, cherries, snap peas and beets. We got quite a haul and beacuse nothing gives me anxiety like food waste, I jumped on my "healthy meals" Pinterest page for some inspiration. While I would never slap the wrist of someone snacking on raw berries, I do, however, encourage clients to round out their snacks with a little protein for "staying power" and satisfaction. Read on for some of my favorite RD approved strawberry picks!
Frozen Strawberry Bark: Definitely a kid friendly recipes rich in fiber, protein, calcium and yummy goodness. Be sure to build your foundation with a non fat Greek yogurt....and clean hands of course! This should take only a matter of seconds to prepare. The hard part will be waiting for it to set!
Strawberry and PB French Toast. Is your mouth watering? This is perfect for a mid-day snack or breakfast. I would use a low cal PB alternative like PB2 and Trader Joe's 45 calorie low carb, high fiber tortilla.
Strawberry Frozen Yogurt: I always wonder why people go crazy over traditional banana whip. No protein, little fiber and not too mention, bananas are very caloric (2 fruit servings in just 1 peel). This recipe fills the missing protein quota by using non fat Greek yogurt as a guilt free base.
Spinach, Strawberry and Quinoa Salad: Talk about the perfect packed lunch. This salad can be prepped the night before and ready for the office in the am. The whole grain quinoa serves as the meatless protein alternative while the spinach and fruit pack in the ultimate vitamin combo. It may be too pretty to eat!
Ahhhh. Strawberries for days! You better believe I will be throwing my berries into some cold sparkling water with sliced cucumber to replace my old diet soda habit. I also have my heart set on a batch of strawberry chia seed jam to update my strawberry quinoa bar recipe...... I think we need to make another trip to the farm. Or, I should start working on my blueberry recipes.....oh, sweet summer time!