How this Delicious and Healthy Treat Can Help You Lose Weight
Strawberries and Cream, perhaps the UK’s favourite summer dessert – especially at Wimbledon during
the tennis championships. Typically served with double cream (whipped for extra body) or even Clotted Cream.
Speaking of which, you will also find Strawberries and Cream in a typical Devonshire or Cornish High or Afternoon tea served in a delicious and freshly cooked scone and served with a cup of tea.
Another way you’ll find strawberries and cream is in Eton Mess. A dessert ‘created’ (apparently) when a chef at the well known public school for boys dropped a carefully made dessert of strawberries, cream and meringues on the floor creating one unholy ‘mess’ in the Eton dining hall kitchen. Hence the name of the dessert. Or so the story goes.
Every year, millions of tons of strawberries are grown in the UK, some purely for commercial sale to the supermarkets and restaurants, other farms retail on a ‘pick-your-own’ basis.
Whichever way you acquire your strawberries you can be sure of a treat with innumerous health benefits, let alone that fresh, luscious taste….
But we’re talking about the classic ‘strawberries and cream’ dessert, and it’s nutritional values.
Traditionally the recipe would be something on these lines (with variations)
5-6oz OR ~150G Strawberries (fresh)
4-6oz Fresh double cream (whipped) or Clotted Cream
Simply place the cream in a suitable bowl, half or quarter the strawberries and place partway into the cream (as per photo). Serve chilled!
Now, We are all aware fresh strawberries are healthy but full fat cream? You’re probably thinking not so healthy…..
….and you ‘would’ have been correct, but…..
That was until recently when the likes of butter, whole milk and fresh cream were – ‘re-evaluated’ for their nutritional benefits. Now, they are “healthy” once more!
Full fat milk, yoghurt and cream provides essential fatty acids (EFA’s) for the body’s numerous systems. These essential fats supply energy AND increase metabolism.
As an alternative to fresh cream and to increase the nutritional benefits, read on….
Now, I know what you may be thinking but hear me out. I was never one for Greek yogurt – period.
Bio yogurt (esp Muller’s Thick and Creamy bio yogurt) or the fruit laden yogurt (ala ‘Ski’ etc) – Love it!
The problem is…. the latter two are laden with processed sugars!
Natural yogurt has very little taste but has a smooth texture. To improve this, simply add a dessertspoon of honey and a drop or two of vanilla extract and……. Voila! A delicious, fresh and super nutritious dish!
You do know honey has antiseptic and natural healing qualities, right? And being a ‘naturally produced sugar’, it doesn’t come with the sugar spikes of modern, highly processed ‘factory’ sugar.
Natural Greek Yogurt Nutrition / 100g portion
Energy : 125kcal
Fat : 10g
of which Sat Fat: 6.7g
Carbohydrate : 4.6g <<
of which sugars : 4.4g
Protein : 4.1g <<
Salt : 0.1g
Now, to really ramp up the goodness……
In addition to the Greek Natural Yogurt
Add 100g sieved / blended …… cottage cheese and mix in with the yogurt.
……..but, blended in with the greek yogurt, honey, vanilla extract AND the strawberries and you have a delicious, healthy summertime treat packed with a multitude of health benefits. Look at the analysis now!
Cottage Cheese Nutrition Facts / 100g ;-
Energy : 63 kcal
Fat : 0.5g
Carbohydrate : 5.0g <<
Fibre : 0.0g
Protein : 9.5g <<
Salt : 0.6g
Nutritional Analysis (yogurt + cottage cheese) –
100g Natural Greek Yogurt
100g Cottage Cheese
Energy : 188kcal
Fat : 10.5g
Carbohydrate : 9.6g *
Fibre : 0.5g
Protein : 13.6g *
Salt : 0.7g
Comparative ratio of Protein to Carbohydrates : 13.6/9.6 = 1.417 g/g
Nearly 50% more protein than carbs!
1000 calories of lean, nutritious and healthy meals or 1000 calories of heavy, carbohydrate laden unhealthy meals that ‘bloat’ you up. These carbs are not flushed out on a daily basis, cause fat deposits and are difficult for the body to burn off afterwards.
From the tables above, you will notice there are Only 63 calories (per 100g) in cottage cheese, 125 calories in natural greek yogurt. Calories in Strawberries? 50/166g or ~30 cal in 100g.
Surprisingly, this ‘version’ of strawberries and cream (all 12oz in 1 bowl) carries ONLY 218 kcal (without honey / vanilla flavouring – nutritional values of honey and vanilla have not been added )
Natural Greek Yogurt Cottage Cheese : 188kcal
Strawberrries (100g) : 30kcal
Total : 218kcal
218kcal for a 12 oz tasty, healthy, fresh protein and multi-benefit filled ‘snack/ breakfast or dessert’
It packs way beyond it’s weight in nutrition, without the extra benefits protein provides –
– does not cause ‘bloating’ we experience with high carb meals
– provides cleaner fuel for the body
– regenerative benefits
– building muscle
– repairing tissue (ask any bodybuilder – they can’t get enough protein to rebuild their muscles after working out)
– helps keep your skin healthy
– and helps fight off illness
(nutritional analysis values of honey / vanilla not included)
And that’s without the benefits of the strawberries and honey!
What ARE the Health Benefits of Strawberries?
Among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity, strawberries are a good source of manganese and potassium.
Potassium is a mineral that is crucial for life – necessary for the heart, kidneys and other organs to work normally.
Research reveals and there are over 65 health benefits to eating fresh strawberries.
Over 65 health benefits!! From just 1 cup of these delicious, red fruits.
Packed with Vitamin C, Fibre, essential minerals and particularly high levels of antioxidants (see below) strawberries are a sodium free, fat free, cholesterol free, low calorie food that –
-Protect your heart
-Increase HDL (good) cholesterol
-Lower your blood pressure
-Guard against cancer
Nutritional breakdown of Strawberries
Strawberries are rich in the essential nutrients vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, and fiber. One cup of fresh strawberries contains 160 percent of the daily recommended quantity of vitamin C (an antioxidant), with only 50 calories.
Nutrition Facts for Strawberries
Serving Size: 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries (166 grams)
Protein: 1 gram
Carbohydrates: 11.65 grams
Dietary fiber: 3.81 grams
Calcium: 23.24 milligrams
Iron: 0.63 milligrams
Magnesium: 16.60 milligrams
Phosphorus: 31.54 milligrams
Potassium: 44.82 milligrams
Selenium: 1.16 milligrams
Vitamin C: 94.12 milligrams
Folate: 29.38 micrograms
Vitamin A: 44.82 international units
A nutritional powerhouse, strawberries (containing more Vit C in 8 berries than 1 orange) also contain the mighty antioxidants anthocyanins, ellagic acid, quercetin, and kaempferol, which have all been shown to have protective effects against certain types of cancer.”
(Source (Nutritional Analysis of Strawberries): Medical News Today)
Vitamin C is widely accepted as the preventative vitamin for the common cold.
Vitamin C plays another, very important role in the human body……
…it is an Antioxidant. Antioxidants help to cleanse the fat cells of toxins and cleanse the outer membrane of the cell allowing more efficient energy transfer and increased metabolism.
There are those who us it for other infections including –
-Acne and other skin infections
-Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
-Stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori
-Skin Infections that produce boils
-Infections of the bladder and prostate
Some people use vitamin C for depression, thinking problems, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, physical and mental stress, fatigue, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Other uses include increasing the absorption of iron from foods and correcting a protein imbalance in certain newborns (tyrosinemia).
It is also thought that vitamin c might help the heart and blood vessels – used for hardening the arteries, preventing clots in veins and arteries, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Vitamin C is also used for:-
– preventing cataracts,
– preventing gallbladder disease,
– dental cavities (caries),
– Lyme disease,
– boosting the immune system,
– heat stroke,
– hay fever,
– cystic fibrosis,
– chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS),
– collagen disorders,
– arthritis and bursitis,
– back pain and disc swelling,
– and osteoporosis.
How Can Strawberries and Cream Help You Lose Weight?
Well, as mentioned previously in this article :-
- Strawberries contain antioxidants (Vit C) that cleanse our fat cells allowing more efficient energy transfer. This results in a higher metabolism causing the body to actually burn more fat.
Medical News Today