Good news, y'all: it's the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas…please don't make us think about fighting the traumatizing mall crowds right now, because honestly we still haven't fully recovered from last year.
We're talking about STRAWBERRY SEASON. It's officially here, and it's officially taking over our kitchens.
Can you think of a sexier fruit than strawberries? Sexy, yet classic and refined at the same time, with a plethora of talents and a knack for constantly reinventing themselves. Not to mention literally everyone on the planet likes them.
The strawberry is basically the Beyonce of the produce world, you guys.
And luckily, there's no better time to stock up on these little beauties than RIGHT THIS MINUTE—we're kind of giddy just thinking about it. The best part is, you won't have to feel guilty after indulging in a dessert comprised of these nutritious pint-sized powerhouses.
To celebrate this glorious season, we've compiled a handful of decadent yet healthy strawberry recipes for you to try out at your next backyard BBQ. So go ahead, slip on a sun dress and a big floppy summery straw hat and make your way to your local farmer's market for the absolute freshest finds (or just to the nearest Kroger, whatevs—the point is, you've gotta get your hands on some sweet juicy strawbs, STAT).
Strawberry Banana Creams (via PopSugar): Light, refreshing and low-calorie (under 150 calories per serving!), plus you probably already have all the ingredients in your fridge already.
Strawberry Greek Yogurt Popsicles (via Spry Living): Nothing is better on a hot, summer day than an ice-cold popsicle, especially when you can make it yourself without all that added sugar store-bought versions have.
Whole Wheat Strawberry Banana Muffins (via Two Peas And Their Pod): Perfect for breakfast or a mid-afternoon treat, these hearty yet nutritious muffins get extra natural sweetness from your delectable strawberries.
Healthy Strawberry Shortcake (via Heavenly Homemakers): The ultimate summer staple, only this version is lightened up by sweetening with honey and using whole wheat flour.
Merlot Strawberries With Whipped Cream (via Health Magazine): This dessert won't get you tipsy (unless you use the whole bottle of wine instead of a ½ cup… we won't judge). Use low-fat whipped cream to slash even more cals.
5 Ingredient Strawberry Crumble (via PopSugar): Possibly the easiest, fanciest-looking strawberry dessert you can whip up in a flash. We like to sub coconut oil for the butter and use coconut sugar instead of regular.