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What’s your favourite fruit at the moment? Mine has got to be strawberries. Delicious and sweet, they are available everywhere at the moment, from supermarkets, to street vendors, to roadside fruit and veg stalls. YUM!

Strawberries have a GI (glycaemic index) of 32, which is considered low. This means they contribute to healthy blood sugar levels. They are high in fibre and a fantastic source of antioxidants.

Here are a couple of my favourite strawberry containing recipes!

Strawberry and Banana Smoothie (serves 6)

  • 1 x 250g punnet strawberries, hulled, washed
  • 2 overripe bananas, coarsely chopped
  • 750ml (3 cups) milk
  • 1 cup vanilla-flavoured yoghurt

Place half the strawberries, banana, milk and yoghurt in the jug of a blender and blend until smooth. Pour evenly among 3 serving glasses.

Repeat with the remaining strawberries, banana, milk and yoghurt. Serve immediately.

Crunchy Strawberry and Balsamic Salad (serves 6)

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 small shallot, peeled and chopped
  • 2 small cloves of garlic, peeled
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup olive oil

For the salad:

  • 1 head of red lettuce, rinsed, dried and torn
  • ½ small red onion, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch-wide slivers
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 250g punnet of fresh strawberries, rinsed and sliced
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese

To make the dressing, place the balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, shallot, garlic, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a mini food processor. Pulse until blended. Slowly pour in the olive oil, and pulse again until thoroughly blended. Set aside or refrigerate until needed.

Divide lettuce between 6 serving plates, and top with red onion, almonds, strawberries, and feta cheese. Serve dressing on the side.