7 Ways to Eat Strawberries for Valentine's Season

Strawberries are nature's candy hearts. I dig it.

 After some analysis, I've realized strawberries are one of the big factors in my rabid adoration of Valentine's Day. They're tasty. They're cute. They're super good for you. To celebrate strawberry season here in Florida, here are seven of the greatest ways to enjoy strawberries for Valentine's Season (and beyond).

Pink Strawberry Pancakes
-Healthy enough for breakfast and good enough for dessert, you can whip up the batter in the blender and get them on the griddle in the blink of an eye. Like everything I eat, I recommend them with peanut butter and extra fruit.

Strawberry Cake
-I made this with my mom over the summer and oh. my gosh. It's one of the best non-chocolate desserts I've ever made. It uses fresh strawberries, not food coloring, to make a beautiful, moist cake. I think my mom and I did something different with the frosting than what's in this recipe, but I so far have not been led astray by Sally's Baking Addiction and I would trust their recipe.

Chocolate-covered strawberries
-If you have leftover chocolate after dipping the strawberries, pour it over berries or nuts in mini muffin cups and refrigerate until hard.

Strawberry muffins
-When I made these a few years ago, it was a really nice, easy recipe to start the day baking. I loved biting into the hot, sweet strawberries throughout the fluffy muffin.

Slice them into hearts for a garnish.
-Don't waste the pieces you cut off! Eat them like candy or add them to your next smoothie (try the smoothie below :) ).
Hearts make food look more inviting in even the blurriest, most low-quality photos such as below.

Sweetheart Smoothie
-Hydrating and refreshing as a smoothie or smoothie bowl, it also makes a fun sauce to pour over the above pancakes.

Trix-Style Oats
-This oatmeal tastes like warm berry crumble. And it takes five minutes to make.
RECIPE: Stir ~1/4 cup diced strawberries (I use about three strawberries), ~1/8 cup blueberries (I literally just count out ten blueberries), and 1/4 tsp vanilla into your oats (I use 1/2 cup old-fashioned) and liquid (I use 1/3 cup almond milk and 1/3 cup water). Then cook per the instructions on the oatmeal container- I microwave mine about two minutes, stopping about every 40 seconds to stir intermittently to stir and watch it turn pink. :)
Top with whatever floats your boat- granola and/or crushed pecans would be really good. Peanut butter is my go-to.
Explanation of the name: When I was younger, my mom would buy Trix yogurt cups for me and my siblings. There was definitely some actual yogurt in there somewhere, but I'm pretty sure the main ingredient was sugar haha. Half the yogurt in the cup was pink, half was purple or orange or yellow depending on the flavor, and I swirled it with my spoon to mix it into an ambiguous magenta-ish tone. This oatmeal is the same color, and the same happy fruity flavor.

As I've probably said in every Valentines-related Blergh post since the dawn of The Blergh, I love Valentine's season. That's right, it's more than just a day. If you're less enthusiastic about Valentine's Day, you need to read this post. Also if anyone wants to exchange cute lil lacy doily Valentine's cards with sparkles and heart stickers I'm down and I'm not kidding. I love Valentine's Day.
If you make any of these recipes, let me know in the comments, or on Instagram or Facebook!

World peace and love,

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