Start of the school year means parents need healthy recipes: how about strawberries?

Get a recipe to make this skinny strawberry sandwich at the California Strawberries web site

Get a recipe to make this skinny strawberry sandwich at the California Strawberries web site

Hard to believe, but it’s already the time when many kids are returning to school, which means lots of parents are thinking about how to incorporate healthy recipes into a packed schedule. Fresh vegetables and fruits can help with this strategy, and the California Strawberries web site has tips and recipes including “Skinny Strawberry Sandwich” (see below) which the California Strawberry Commission recommends as an after-school snack.

Registered dietitian and acclaimed author David Grotto (101 Foods That Could Save Your Life) includes strawberries on his list of recommended foods to help maintain a healthy daily diet. Locally grown California strawberries are packed with beneficial antioxidants and nutrients including potassium and fiber. In fact, a serving of just eight strawberries contain more vitamin C than an orange! I’ll post one more article in the next few days that will contain another strawberry-related recipe, and some back-to-school ideas and tidbits on this sweet and popular fruit.

Skinny Strawberry Sandwich

Ingredients
8 ounces Neufchatel cheese or low-fat cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
4 English muffins, split and toasted
2 cups (about 10 ounces) sliced stemmed California strawberries

Preparation
In food processor, process cheese, honey and zest until well mixed, or mix in bowl with wooden spoon. Spread 1 tablespoon cheese mixture on cut side of 1 muffin half; top with 1/4 cup strawberries. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 8 open-faced sandwiches. Makes 4 servings.

Tip: Make cheese mixture ahead and store in refrigerator.
Nutritional Information
215 calories; 5 g fat; 11 mg cholesterol; 277 mg sodium; 37 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 7 g protein, 20 % calories from fat