What’s not to love about strawberries? They are bright, colorful, sweet and healthy! Delicious on their own or when added to your favorite smoothie, meal, or snack, strawberries are a near perfect fruit.

Packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and flavor, strawberries are one of the most popular fruits on the planet with the average person consuming 3.5 pounds per year! But despite their popularity, there are lots of things about strawberries people don’t know! Like did you know that strawberries aren’t actually a berry? Mind blowing, right? Check out this graphic for some interesting strawberry related tidbits:

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Now that you have all the fun facts about strawberries, it’s time to show them a little love by whipping up one of these healthy recipes!

When you’re rushing around in the morning and don’t think you have time for a healthy breakfast, think again! This protein-packed shake will leave you feeling full and satisfied well into lunchtime!

Strawberry Shake

Ingredients:

  • 6 large strawberries
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 4-5 ice cubes

Directions: Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy.

Don’t you think it’s time you considered elevating your appetizer game? Whether you’re having people over for a little dinner party or a roaring backyard barbecue, this twist on the classic bruschetta is a real winner!

Summery Strawberry Basil Bruschetta

Ingredients:

  • one loaf of French bread, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups of fresh strawberries, hulled and finely chopped
  • 1 cup of grape tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh basil, minced
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh mint, minced
  • 3 tablespoons of red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar

Directions: Preheat oven to 450 degrees In a large bowl, combine strawberries, tomatoes, basil, mint, and red onion. Make a balsamic reduction. Bring the vinegar to a boil over high heat. Once it is boiling, reduce to medium low heat and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally. Continue to simmer until vinegar has reduced in volume by at least half. Brush one side of each piece of sliced bread with some olive oil and place, oil side down, on a baking sheet. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Top the toasted bread slices with bruschetta mixture and drizzle with balsamic reduction and serve!

Strawberries can take an ordinary salad and turn it into an extraordinary salad! When you need a fast and tasty lunch or dinner, give this spinach salad a try!

Fruit & Walnut Spinach Salad

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, halved
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 Camembert cheese

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Toss gently with your favorite vinaigrette to coat and you are ready to serve!

For more great meal ideas, check out the BodyRock Meal Plan!

We already know you love them so tell us, what are your favorite ways to eat strawberries? Share your favorite dishes and recipes with us!

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