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Strawberries are a delicious fruit that can be found fresh, frozen, freeze-dried, or in jellies and jams. They are one of the only fruits with seeds on the outside and can have as many as 200 seeds for 1 strawberry. Their sweetness can depend on the weather, time of harvest, and the type of strawberry.
Why are strawberries a superfood?
Strawberries are found year-round in grocery stores, seasonally at the local farmers’ market, or in the summer at many local farms. It is easy to grow your own strawberries in a garden or using planters.
- Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C, manganese, folate, potassium, and antioxidants.
- They are very low in calories, providing only 28 calories, 6.5 g of carbohydrates, and 2 grams of fiber for 1/2 cup of sliced berries.
- Add these sweet berries to salads, sauces, yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, blend for a fresh smoothie, or dip in dark chocolate.
Strawberries and kidney disease
Strawberries are a low potassium food, containing 130 mg for ½ cup. They are also low in sodium and phosphorus making them a good choice for all the following kidney conditions and treatments:
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)/Transplant
- Hemodialysis (3 times/week)
- Daily Home and Nocturnal Hemodialysis/Peritoneal Dialysis
- Kidney Stones
Tips for storing strawberries
Strawberry protein salad*
Makes 4 servings
- 1 package (16 ounces) of strawberries, divided
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
- 2 Tablespoons champagne vinegar or white balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 6 Cups mixed greens of choice
- ¼ Cup nuts or seeds
- 3-4 Cups assorted sliced vegetables (red cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, radishes, snow peas, bell peppers, etc.)
- 1 chicken breast (6-8 ounces) cooked and chopped
- Hull 5 or 6 strawberries and place in a blender or food processor.
- Add oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and mustard. Blend on high speed until ingredients are incorporated
- Taste dressing and season with pepper.
- Set aside vinaigrette.
- Divide vegetables between four salad bowls.
- Sprinkle with nuts or seeds.
- Divide chicken between salad bowls.
- Core and slice remaining strawberries. Garnish salads with sliced strawberries.
- Drizzle vinaigrette over salads just before serving.
- Store remaining vinaigrette in refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- Serve salad immediately.
*Adapted from Driscoll’s Inc. Strawberry Protein Salad.
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*This content is provided for informational use only and is not intended as medical advice or as a substitute for the medical advice of a healthcare professional.