Valentine’s Day can really do it for some people. But after the fleeting feeling the Day can present, it often fizzles soon after.

So, why not bring it back with a sensual snack.

Maybe it’s their heart shape, color, or the ease at which they can be fed to a lover, but strawberries certainly lend themselves to romance.

Not only can these nutrient-packed fruits lead to hugs and kisses, which are great for health, but they also taste good and offer benefits that most people would willingly embrace.

Several studies suggest strawberries offer unique benefits that may help propel you to a healthier heart, brain, and metabolism.

First off, a cup of strawberries will provide a day’s worth of vitamin C in one shot. They are also a good source of potassium, which is essential for optimal heart, nerve, and kidney function. They are also rich in antioxidant phytonutrients that may help battle inflammation.

In-depth, long-term studies have identified that eating strawberries is associated with a lower risk of dying from heart disease, fewer inflammatory markers, healthier blood vessels, lower cholesterol, and improvements in inulin resistance.

You may be interested to learn that the strawberries we enjoy today are actually GMOs that appeared on the scene around 1700, when French farmers accidentally cross-bred varieties imported from Chile and Virginia.

Frozen strawberries are packed with all the nutrition of fresh strawberries and even more in some cases. If you pick fresh strawberries, remember that they can spoil very quickly. When shopping for fresh strawberries, look for the brightest red ones, with bright green caps.

To extend their life, do not cut or rinse until ready to eat.

Renew the romance of Valentine’s Day by snacking on some healthy and luscious strawberries. Make them a regular part of your diet to keep the love alive!

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