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Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

1½  cups all-purpose flour, sifted

½  teaspoon baking powder

½  teaspoon baking powder

¼  teaspoon baking soda

¼  teaspoon salt

½  cup butter, softened

¾  cup Clearly Organic Sugar

1 Clearly Organic Egg

2 Clearly Organic Egg Whites

1/3 cup fresh strawberry purée (or mashed fresh strawberries)

¼ cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Pure Vanilla Extract

¾ cup diced fresh strawberries

¼ cup diced fresh strawberries, to use as toppings (optional)

1 container of whipped topping (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-count muffin pan with Clearly Organic cooking spray, being sure to coat all sides. Sift flour into a mixing bowl then add baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gently stir then set aside. Using an electric mixer blend together butter and sugar until fluffy, stopping to scrape the sides as needed. When butter and sugar mix is fluffy add one egg, then blend with mixer again. Add two egg whites and continue blending with mixer. Place buttermilk, fresh strawberry purée, and vanilla into mixture. Then use a spoon to gently stir until distributed. Add half the flour and stir until just combined. Add remaining flour and gently stir until evenly distributed. Fold in berries to the batter. When contents are evenly distributed divide batter among 12 muffin cups. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.

Allow cakes to completely cool before adding any additional topping. Strawberry cupcakes go great with whipped topping and a few fresh strawberries.

Five Health Benefits of Berries

The best part of enjoying berries on a daily basis is that they can be eaten right out of the carton, no preparation required. Just give your berries a good rinse and they can stand alone as a delicious snack or side dish. Berries such as blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries can also be added to a variety of recipes to provide a sweet and nutritious addition. Most types of berries are considered superfoods. They offer a host of health benefits ranging from disease-fighting antioxidants to anti-aging properties. Here are five health benefits of berries.

  1. Berries have a rich color provided by anthocyanins. These compounds help fight cancer, some metabolic diseases, and diabetes. Anthocyanins also help improve visual ability.
  2. For their size, berries contain a high concentration of fiber. Fiber provides countless digestive health benefits while also aiding in weight loss.
  3. Berries can help reduce inflammation caused by stress and a sedentary lifestyle. The antioxidants in berries may help reduce inflammatory markers decreasing the risk of heart disease.
  4. Strawberries have been shown to help reduce cholesterol levels. LDL cholesterol can be decreased by consuming berries on a daily basis with exercise. This also helps reduce the risk of heart disease.
  5. Berries are low in calories but high in flavor. Therefore, they are a great food to incorporate on any weight management plan.