Smoothies are known for their ability to fuel us up with energy and help us to tackle our daily challenges.  They are easy on the stomach and absorption is almost instant.  It is easy to feel refreshed, revived and energized with smoothies because they are cool and tasty.  They are also rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that keep us healthy and protected from diseases.

Strawberries are one of the best sources of dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals which can provide us with the nutrition that we need for our daily energy needs.  They contain antioxidant properties which help to protect you from early aging and certain types of cancer.  They are also loaded with anti-inflammatory agents that help to fight diseases such as osteoarthritis, asthma and atherosclerosis.

The dietary fiber in strawberries promotes regular digestion and a healthy digestive tract.  It also helps to lower blood pressure and gives you a feeling of fullness which is essential in stopping food cravings and overeating.

Here are two strawberry recipes that can help you to stay energized and healthy:

1. Strawberry Smoothie No. 1

2 1/2 cups strawberries

1/2 cup Strawberry Nectar, 12.5 or 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt

1 pitted peach

2 cups ice

Direction:

1. Mix all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Serve before the ice melts.

2. Strawberry Recipe No. 2

1 cup vanilla soy milk

1 banana, broken into pieces

3/4 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup vanilla frozen yogurt

1/8 teaspoon dried lavender, optional

Direction:

1. Mix all the ingredients in a blender and blend for 45 seconds or until you get your desired smoothness.

2. Serve.