I commonly get asked about foods that are good for your immune system and it comes as no surprise that right now is no exception.
Eating foods with high levels of Vitamin C and fibre is always a good way to aid your immune system in doing its job. There is lots of research linking our gut health to our immune system and fruits and vegetables with all of their vitamins and minerals are such an important factor in immune health. Vitamin C and “immune system” always seems to go hand-in-hand.
Did you know that California strawberries are a great source of Vitamin C? Although our local strawberries aren’t in season, California strawberries are. One serving of California strawberries -- or 8 strawberries -- are a source of fibre. If you are snacking at home these days, they are an excellent snack for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon boost.
Another way to incorporate strawberries into your day is adding them to baking. If you are looking for activities to do with your kids, baking is a good choice. Try these oatmeal strawberry cookies.
Strawberry Oatmeal Cookies
½ cup Vegan margarine
½ cup Brown sugar
½ cup Cane sugar
2 cups Oats*
1 cup Gluten Free all-purpose flour **
1 cup Almond flour
½ tsp Baking soda
½ tsp Cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup California strawberries, chopped
¼ cup Chocolate chips
1 Tbsp Flax seeds, ground
2 Tbsp Warm water
- Make flax egg by mixing flax seed and warm water together. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Cream margarine and sugar together. Add in the flax egg.
- Add flours, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and oats.
- Mix in chopped strawberries and chocolate chips.
- Drop by rounded Tablespoons onto silicone/parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
- Cool fully on a cookie sheet.
*Use gluten free oats if necessary.
**If you don’t need gluten free, you can sub for all purpose flour. The gluten free all-purpose flour that I use is this mix: http://www.nurturethefuture.ca/blog/gluten-free-flour-mix
Looking for more recipes that include strawberries? Contact Jill, Nurture The Future's Registered Dietitian at firstname.lastname@example.org