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Sandra Stringer: Strawberries strike a healthy, delicious chord for dieters
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If you’re looking for a way to add more flavor to your breakfast menu, the Walk Georgia website has a whole-grain strawberry pancake recipe.

The recipe uses whole-wheat flour, sugar, vanilla low-fat yogurt, fresh strawberries and other ingredients. I’m looking forward to trying it.

University of Georgia Extension reports strawberries are low in calories, high in Vitamin C, cholesterol and fat free, low in natural sugars and a source of folate and fiber.

By the way, Jaemor Farms’ fourth annual Strawberry Festival is set for May 6 at the Alto location. The day’s schedule will include hayrides, a petting zoo, a cook-off, mobile dairy unit and other activities.

Cook-off recipes from the previous years are available at www.jaemorfarms.com. They include jam, cheesecake, stuffed strawberries, pound cake, pies and lemonade.

I was trying to cut down on sweets and desserts this month. Looks like I might have to delay my plans a few weeks. I think I will try some of the recipes as soon as possible.

Once you see the recipes, I think you’ll agree they’re well worth trying.

As the weather tries to make up its mind about welcoming spring, remember to make food safety a top priority.

UGA Extension recommends using an insulated cooler for cold grocery items if you’re not immediately going home. It’s best to try to make the store your last stop, so you can get your food items in the refrigerator or freezer as soon as possible. It may take a little effort to plan out those trips, but it’s worth the effort especially on days when the temperatures are warmer.

If you’re planning a picnic, cookout or large dinner, make sure you review food safety tips ahead of time.

Follow the guidelines and protect yourself and your guests from food-borne illnesses. Visit www.fightbac.org for more information.

Sandra Stringer is a nutrition educator with the UGA Cooperative Extension office in Hall County. Call her at 770-535-8290. Her column appears monthly on Wednesdays and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.

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