Benefits of strawberries and chocolate

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like chocolate and strawberries!

Strawberries

  • A wonderful source of antioxidants — good for heart health, tooth and gum health, brain health and function, fighting diseases, and eye care.
  • High fiber content to help combat constipation.
  • Folate to help prevent birth defects in unborn babies.
  • Potassium and magnesium to help lower high blood pressure.
  • Acid helps remove tarter and improves gum health.
  • Vitamin C to help fight colds and boost the immune system.
  • Only 45 calories per 1 cup serving.
  • Eat them in smoothies, on lettuce or spinach salads, in fruit salads, in desserts, or on yogurt and ice cream.

Chocolate

  • A wonderful source of relaxation and the perfect end to a stress filled day.
  • There’s milk in chocolate, right?
  • Cocoa beans… hey, it’s a vegetable!
  • The calories don’t count when it comes to a square of chocolate!
  • All joking aside, chocolate, specifically dark chocolate is good for your heart. A small bar of it everyday can help keep your heart and cardiovascular system running well.
  • The flavonoids may make you smarter, and they also protect your DNA from the kind of damage that can cause cancer. Dark chocolate can even boost your skin’s defenses.

Strawberry-Chocolate-Chip-Scones

This recipe honestly makes you feel like you’re a master baker! I would have never guessed that I would make something so gourmet-ish. I feel pretty fancy when I make them!

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Scones

2 cups flour
¼ cup sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cold butter (no substitution)
1 cup + 4 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1-2 teaspoons demerara sugar (optional)
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup strawberries cut in ¼ – ½ inch pieces

Pre-heat the oven to 375.
Mix dry ingredients together. Cut up butter into small pieces and incorporate into the dry ingredients until it resembles fine crumbs. Add the chocolate chips and gently fold in the strawberries. Quickly fold in 1 cup and 2 Tablespoons of the heavy whipping cream. Divide the dough into two. Pat each dough ball into a circle about 9-10 inches in diameter and 1-2 inches thick. Brush the tops with the remaining whipping cream then sprinkle with the demerara sugar. Cut each circle into 8 wedges. Place gently onto a baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 14-16 minutes.

Enjoy!

recipe by Vickie Myers

from the Feb/March 2011 issue

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