Strawberry Noodle Salad

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If the thought of noodles, strawberries and walnuts together in a salad renders you speechless, you’re not alone. Most people who try this salad for the first time do a double-take when they see it but their reticence is quickly replaced by delight when they bite into this deliciously refreshing, albeit unusual, salad. The flavour of the strawberries are coaxed out gently with the use of the balsamic and the noodles and walnuts provide a hearty crunch that elevates a pedestrian salad to new levels of yummyness!

If there was ever a time to enjoy seasonally fresh strawberries, it’s right now. When shopping for strawberries, choose ones that are bright red and firm and ones that are locally grown. Strawberries don’t ripen after they are picked so they should be at the peak of freshness when picked. Choosing a locally grown variety will ensure the freshest, sweetest strawberries are being delivered quickly from the farm to your table.

As delicious as they are, they are also a nutritional powerhouse. One cup of sliced strawberries delivers more than a day’s worth of vitamin C and is a good source of fibre and manganese which maintains healthy bones and helps regulate blood sugar. They are crazy high in antioxidants, and, according to a recent study conducted by Harvard U, they can cut the risk of heart attack in women by one-third as they help dilate arteries and prevent the build-up of fatty plaque.

There are so many ways — and reasons! — to enjoy this delicious little fruit, and what better way to showcase the strawberry — in all its lovely glory — than in this quintessential summer salad!

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Raspberry Lemonade

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Those dog days of summer beg for something refreshing and delish to sip slowly whilst you bask under the beauty and warmth of the summer sun. I’m a sucker for any type of fruit combined with lemonade and this combination of raspberries and lemon is arguably my favourite. This raspberry lemonade is the perfect balance of sweet and tart with the sweetness of farm-fresh raspberries with just enough pucker to remind you that you’re enjoying a drink made with tart lemons. If you’re not a raspberry fan, you can easily replace them with strawberries or blueberries or any other berry that tickles your fancy. If you have any mint on hand, infuse the lemonade with mint for some colour variation and more deliciousness. 

Lemonade is synonymous with summer time and this gorgeous pink lemonade is the perfect addition to any barbecue or pool side party. It’s ridiculously refreshing, free of additives and preservatives (unlike the bottled and powdered varieties which contain questionable amounts of high-fructose corn syrup, aspartame and other ingredients that shouldn’t find their way into drinks you’ll be sharing with your kids this summer). And the best part about this? The gorgeous blush pink colour that’ll have you swooning and thanking the heavens that summer has arrived!

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