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National Strawberry Day – February 27

On February 27, 2015 the country will be celebrating National Strawberry Day. The day is dedicated to one of the most popular fruits in the world. The red, delicious and delicate strawberry. Though the cold of winter is still brutally present, spring is right around the corner and the strawberry, the taste of spring, will be arriving shortly as one of the first fruits to make an appearance. National Strawberry Day reminds us, and gives us hope, that spring is right around the corner.

StrawberriesDon’t miss out on the celebration this year with some toast and strawberry jam, a strawberry smoothie or a big bowl of fresh strawberries and ice cream. Fresh strawberries might be in short supply but don’t forget that dried or frozen strawberries can be delicious as well.

Try some of these recipes for your strawberry celebration:

5-Minute Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt (frozen)
Dark Chocolate Strawberry Shortbread Cookies (jam)
Easy Crepes with Jam Fruit Preserves (jam)
Fresh Strawberry Cobbler (fresh)
Fresh Strawberry Water (fresh)
Jam Kolache Cookies (jam)
Skinny Strawberry Banana Ice Cream (frozen)
Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake (fresh)
Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins (fresh)
Strawberry Dump Cake (frozen)
Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Bars (frozen)

Fresh Fruit Smoothies

Other than fruit drinks, another summertime favorite is fresh fruit smoothies.  Other than tasting delicious and being a great cool drink in the hot summer, fruit smoothies are a nourishing treat.  Fruit smoothies provide essential vitamins and minerals that a healthy body needs.

Depending on the fruits you use, smoothies can contain good amounts of vitamin C, potassium, folate, manganese, beta carotene, antioxidents and phytonutrients.  Fruit smoothies also contain fiber which helps to slow digestion and helps to control blood sugar and lower cholesterol.  Some people use smoothies as a meal replacement when trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.  When eaten in moderation smoothies also make a great snack.  We recommend consulting with your physician before making them a regular part of your diet.

Fruit SmoothieTo make a smoothie you will need a blender, fresh fruit, and a base.  The base can be water, milk or yogurt.  Adding milk or yogurt to your smoothie can be good for your bones as it will help you to meet the recommended calcium intake numbers.

What is a Fruit Compote?

Compote is a rich, thick, fruit sauce dessert which contains fresh or dried fruit that has been stewed and broken down in syrup containing sugar and other spices such as vanilla, cloves or cinnamon.  The fruit may be whole or pureed, fresh, frozen or dried.  When using dried fruit it will need to soak in water first. Compote recipes will sometimes include alcohol such as rum, brandy or liqueur.

Making a fruit compote is a great way to use up fruit before it spoils. Compote is a delicious sauce for topping ice cream, French toast, waffles, adding to yogurt, or even using as a substitute for jam.  The sugar content in compote is lower than that of jam so it is a healthier alternative and it is easier to make.

Plums, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Apples and Cherries are all fruits suitable for compote.  Compote can be made with just 1 variety of fruit or a combination of different fruits.

Below you will find a variety of fruit compote recipes:

Apple Compote
Blackberry Compote
Cherry Compote
Fresh Fruit Compote
Fresh Fruit Compote: The Perfect Pancake Topper
Strawberry Compote

If you try compote for the first time or have a recipe you’d like to share please leave a comment.