The weekend is here – woot woot! What a better way to celebrate then pouring yourself a nice tall glass of awesome. I don’t know if you have noticed, but the strawberries have been absolutely gorgeous this year. I love opening up my cooler on Wednesdays to a beautiful bunch of red, ripe juicy berries just waiting to be devoured. Most times, I eat them up pretty fast. But then there is the occasional little green basket that is forgotten in the fridge. Unfortunately those once vibrant red strawberries begin to wear on odd shade of faded crimson with brown spots and wilted green leaves. They had been allowed to live in a brown paper bag tucked into the produce drawer – shamefully past their time.
Time to turn that frown upside down! Side note – my idioms make me eligible for super-dork status. You should’ve seen me walking down the beach on Tuesday, publicly embarrassing my sister by listening to Whoop There It Is and raising the roof as people walked by. Her tolerance level is really amazing…
Ok, back to the sad strawberries – who secretly might not be that sad after all. They are probably actually still great and begging you to make them into something amazing. Listen close and you might hear: “Turn me into a Strawberry Daiquiri Spritzer!” I don’t make these things up. I just do as I am told. After all, what is one to do with a shriveled strawberry whose sad appearance begs for the garbage disposal? There is really only one logical answer of course – add rum.
I will remember to forget my strawberries in the fridge more often. It looks like the start to an awesome weekend. Happy Friday y’all!
Seasonal Nutritional Highlight – Strawberries
April through July is peak season for large beautiful bright red strawberries full of nutrients and flavor. Strawberries provide more vitamin C than some citrus fruit as well as several phytonutrients. They are actually ranked as one of the top 50 best antioxidant sources and are recommended in a daily meal plan by many nutritionists. Other studies have shown that strawberries can actually help keep blood sugar from spiking when eaten with table sugar. I’ve always known that food can act like a medicine in the body, but that is super cool! Strawberries do retain most of their nutrients when eaten raw, however nutrients are still available if cooked, just decreased. They are an item on the dirty dozen, so make sure to buy a fresh organic variety. For more about strawberries and their benefits, click here.
Strawberry Daiquiri Spritzers
- For 1 Serving:
- 3 ripe strawberries green tops removed
- 1.5 oz coconut rum
- 1 small lime
- 1-2 tbsp agave nectar as you preference to the level of sweetness (I like 1.5 tbsp)
- mineral water such as San Pellegrino or Perrier
Puree Strawberries until liquefied, or muddle well and place in the bottom of a tall glass.
Juice lime into strawberries
Add rum and agave and mix well
Add ice to the top of glass and fill the rest of the way with mineral water
Mix well and enjoy!
Make it a Virgin by omitting the rum and adding 1/2 tsp coconut extract. May need to adjust the sweetener.