Summer means STRAWBERRIES, and with the summer season right around the corner, I am finding myself trying including them in everything again! I don’t think that I’ve ever met someone that doesn’t like strawberries — they’re SO good, and ya know what? They are SO good for you as well!
Strawberries are full of vitamin C, and we all know what that means – a nice healthy boost to our immune system! That nice boost to the immune system along with the antioxidants lutein and zeathancins and the phytochemical ellagic acid which strawberries contain make this yummy fruit an excellent source for a plethora of health benefits, such as the following:
- Fights bad cholesterol
- Prevents cancer
- Promotes eye health
- Helps fight wrinkles providing younger looking skin
- Ease inflammation
- Good for weight loss
- Regulates blood pressure
- Boosts short term memory
- Promotes bone health
Who would have thought that these little morsels of delight could provide all these excellent health benefits while tasting like a little piece of heaven.
These dried strawberries taste kind of like Twizzlers, but without all the processed sugars and questionable ingredients! We can just call them nature’s twizzlers since they are completely natural with only one ingredient – strawberries! I eat them plain, and I’ve also used them to make a homemade trail mix with dried strawberries, cashews, almonds, and walnuts – YUM! The recipe is extremely easy though it takes quite a while for the strawberries to dry, so it’s a good one to do if you know you are going to be home for most the day. As an added bonus, these will make your home smell amazing while they are in the oven.
OVEN DRIED STRAWBERRIES
- Cut off tops of strawberries and any bad spots. Cut in half. Place wax paper on a baking sheet and put the strawberries on the wax paper.
2. Place in oven. Bake at 200 degrees for 3-5 hours. (I did two batches, the first, I cut the strawberries into thirds, and those took a little over 3 hours. The second, I halved the strawberries, and those ones took 4-5 hours)
3. Remove from oven and peel the strawberries off the wax paper.