(BPT) - Strawberries are the perfect summertime ingredient, but strawberries are so much more than a sweet treat. Research suggests eating eight strawberries a day may improve heart health, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of some cancers and support brain function.
Since California strawberries are packed with vital nutrients, using strawberries in healthy ways is easier than you may think - and super delicious!
Check out the list below for eight super easy summer strawberry recipes that you'll want to enjoy again and again all summer long. If these aren't enough, find more at californiastrawberries.com.
1. Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats
Looking for new, unexpected ways to incorporate strawberries into your diet? With just one serving of eight strawberries packed full of vitamin C, potassium, folate, fiber and antioxidants, this recipe is even better. Give this simple strawberry ceviche avocado boat recipe a try!
2. Strawberry and Watermelon Salad
This cool, refreshing salad is a unique mix of ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen - making it perfect for a picnic! So tasty and healthy, not to mention an easy way to get in a serving of eight strawberries!
3. Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
This strawberry quinoa fruit salad with citrus vinaigrette is both light and satisfying. Strawberries are low in sugar and calories, making this salad extra yummy. Give this recipe a try next time you're in need of a fun salad, or try it with some friends.
4. Strawberry Balsamic Appetizer
Need a quick and healthy appetizer? We have you covered. And, since California strawberries are available year-round, this refreshing appetizer can be made any time of year - not just in the summer!
5. Strawberry and Avocado Tostadas
This is a great twist on tostadas. Maybe you've used strawberries in salad, but want to try something new. We think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how strawberries taste when added to savory dishes!
6. Citrus Halibut with Strawberry Relish
Fish lovers, this one's for you! This grilled halibut dish is simple to prepare and is definitely one of the tastiest, freshest dishes ever. The slightly sweet strawberry salsa makes this a stand-out dish you and your guests are sure to love.
7. Strawberry Caprese Salad
Caprese salads are always a crowd-pleaser, but have you ever tried making one with strawberries instead of tomatoes? The results are amazing! Here's an easy recipe you will want to save - you'll be making it more than once.
8. Strawberry Ricotta Crostini
Strawberries create simple, light snacks for a fun summer get-together. This one won't be overly filling in warmer weather, and it's healthy! Plus, incorporating a serving of eight strawberries into your everyday diet can benefit your health. How cool is that?