These favorite summer berries were prized for their therapeutic properties in ancient Rome.
Packed with vitamin C, an average serving of strawberries gives twice the recommended daily adult intake of this immunity-boosting vitamin. The berries are also rich in fiber for a healthy heart and digestive system. Strawberries contain ellagic acid, a phytochemical shown to help fight cancer and destroy some of the toxins in cigarette smoke and polluted air. Their B-vitamin content makes them useful for supporting the nervous system and fighting stress-related conditions, as well as building resistance to disease.
Strawberries also help to protect the skin's elasticity by supporting collagen production.
Nutrients: Vitamins B3, B5, C; flavonoids; ellagic acid; fiber
1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled
1 banana, peeled and chopped
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup unsweetened soy milk (regular will work)
Fresh mint leaves, to decorate
Place all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve in a glass topped with mint leaves.