Strawberries

I gave you a recipe for fennel strawberry salad a few weeks back.  Now let’s drop the fennel and talk strawberries, everyone’s favorite summer fruit.

Strawberries, how do you keep us pretty?

  • Strawberries are very rich in Vitamin C, our key collagen-producing friend
  • Strawberries contain Omega 3 fatty acids, which counter inflammation
  • Strawberries fight free radicals with all their polyphenol antioxidants
  • Potassium helps create new skin cells
  • Copper prevents skin discoloration from broken blood vessels
  • Iron improves the health of nails, hair, and skin color
All those beauty benefits sent me walking to the farmer’s market to pick up a few baskets for my boyfriend’s birthday.  Here is what I made him…

I’ve been wanting to bake a pie this summer with all those gorgeous berries beaming at me from the farmers market stands every week.  I used this recipe.  To give it more of a GH twist, I replaced all-purpose flour with brown rice flour to make it gluten-free.  I also swapped out the sugar for agave syrup.  It worked out brilliantly.  I look forward to using other fillings soon, since that crust was so damn good.  I must say it was quite therapeutic slicing and arranging these juicy berries.

My mouth is watering again.  I’ll have to do this again before strawberry season is over.
  • Exfoliate your face in one slice.  Slice strawberry in half and rub one juicy half all over face. Let dry a couple minutes and rinse.
  • Make a foot scrub. Grab a handful of berries, couple spoons of olive oil, and one spoon of course sea salt and make into paste. Rub well into feet and rinse.
  • Whiten teeth! Rub mashed strawberries onto teeth to brighten and remove stains
What have you done with your strawberries lately?  Give us your tips and recipes in the comments below!

 

Comments

  1. Looks yummy! John is a birthday pie guy, too!
    :)

  2. Isn’t agave syrup a highly processed sweetener with a higher fructose content—- 90%!—— than high fructose corn syrup at 55%? Your pie looks delicious and beautiful, and I will definitely use your recipe except for the agave syrup. I’ll sub organic raw honey or organic pure maple syrup. Honey has fructose, but it is a whole natural food. The syrup undergoes some heat processing and is made up of sucrose, but doesn’t require as much processing as agave. Just fyi from someone still on a journey to better choices.

    • Daphne, thanks for your sweetener insight. This recipe is definitely malleable to people’s preference and/or dietary needs. Vegans can swap out the egg for a vegan binder and use a vegan butter substitute.

  3. I think it is time to make folks aware that agave is not HFCS nor do organic brands have any of this deadly poison in them. READ LABELS! Buy organic and look for pure products with only ingredients you can understand and pronounce…and no more than 5-10 ingredients in any product. After that, walk away.
    Loved the strawberry recipe…. Coconut sugar can be substituted for agave. My favorite way of eating strawberries is fresh and chilled, just by themselves. When they are ripe and sweet there is nothing better!