Food Facts Friday: Strawberries
Springtime means the arrival of delicious, juicy bright red strawberries. For those following a low potassium kidney diet, this is great news.
Health Benefits of Strawberries
Like most berries, strawberries are low in potassium. These bright berries are also rich in antioxidants, such as anthocyanins. These help protect cells against oxidative damage. Like other fruits and vegetables, strawberries may help fight inflammation, a condition often experienced by dialysis patients.
Nutrients in Strawberries
A serving, which is 6 medium or 4 large strawberries, contains approximately 23 calories, 6 g carbohydrate, 1 mg sodium, 110 mg potassium and 17 mg phosphorus. In addition, strawberries are high in vitamin C, manganese, and provide over 1 gram fiber per serving.
Everyone has a favorite strawberry dish. The all-time favorite and easiest may be simply eating the berries without additions. A few easy ways to serve fresh strawberries are dipped in brown sugar or topped with whipped cream. Make a strawberry smoothie or strawberry and mint flavored water for a thirst-quenching beverage.
Storing Fresh Strawberries
The way you store fresh strawberries can make a difference in how long they last. Instead of washing or removing the stems, line a flat container or tray with paper towels. Arrange berries and cover with plastic wrap before refrigerating them. When you are ready to eat or prepare the strawberries, rinse then remove the stems.
Frozen fresh strawberries are great for a quick smoothie, to add to cereal, or to make pudding, mousse, sorbet or muffins. Stock up on fresh berries while the price is low. To prepare for freezing, wash and dry the berries and remove the stems. Place on a parchment-lined tray and freeze. Remove and store frozen berries in freezer bags or freezer-safe containers.
DaVita.com has a variety of strawberry recipes to fit many of your spring meals. Check these out, and for more recipes do a search for “strawberries” on the website.
- Beverages: Strawberry High-Protein Fruit Smoothie and Strawberry-Lemonade Slush
- Breakfast or Brunch: Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Fresh Strawberries
- Breads: Strawberry Bread
- Desserts: Strawberry Pudding, Budin de Fresa (Spanish) and Stuffed Strawberries
- Salads: Strawberry and Goat Cheese Spring Salad
- Sauces: Strawberry Rhubarb Applesauce and Kiwi-Berry Salsa
This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Consult your physician and dietitian regarding your specific diagnosis, treatment, diet and health questions.