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Strawberry and cream cheese sandwich

  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat cream cheese.
  • 1/4 teaspoon honey.
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest.
  • 2 slices very thin whole-wheat sandwich bread.
  • 2-3 medium strawberries, sliced.

Depending on your level of cooking knowledge, you might be asking yourself: What is orange zest? Zest is the outermost skin of an orange. Grate it off lightly. Don’t get into the white part of the skin, which is called pith; it’s bitter there.

Preparation

Combine cream cheese, honey and orange zest in a bowl. Spread bread with the cheese mixture. Place sliced strawberries on 1 piece of bread, top with the other.

 Nutrition

  • Per serving: 128 calories; 4 g fat ( 2 g sat , 1 g mono ); 8 mg cholesterol; 18 g carbohydrates; 2 g added sugars; 4 g protein; 3 g fiber; 191 mg sodium; 63 mg potassium.
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (25% daily value).
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Fun-learning moment

Pardon the pun, but strawberries have a fruitful history. Here’s why:

They grew wild in Italy as far back as 2,200 years. The history goes back as far as the Romans and even the Greeks, perhaps, but ancient references are sketchy because the fruit was never a staple of agriculture.  Europeans discovered wild strawberries in Virginia in 1588. Early Massachusetts settlers enjoyed strawberries grown by natives. By 1860, strawberries had become an American delight and were cultivated in many part of the country. Strawberries were also popular elsewhere in the world and for other reasons:

California grows about 80 percent of all strawberries in the U.S. An acre produces about 21 tons of strawberries in California. The total California production is about on billion pounds a year.

Neat stuff

  •  If you break a double strawberry in half and share it with a member of the opposite sex, you will fall in love with each other. Or so the legend goes.
  • The strawberry is a symbol of Venus, the Goddess of Love, because it is heart-shaped and red.
  • The second wife of Hennry VIII, Queen Anne Boleyn, had a strawbrry-shaped birthmark on her neck. Some folks back then claimed that the shape of the birthmark proved she was a witch.
  • Madame Tallien, a prominent figure at the court of the Emperor Napoleon, was famous for bathing in the juice of fresh strawberries. She used 22 pounds per basin.
  • A member of the Rosaceae (Rose) family, the botanical name of strawberries is Frugaria; this means “fragrance” in Latin. The common name “strawberry” may have originated from the “straw” used to mulch the plants.
  • Children in London collected the berries, strung them on pieces of straw and sold them in the markets as "Straws of Berries."

 For more about strawberries

The strawberry and cream cheese sandwich recipe came from KidsHealth

 

 

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