Every Mother’s Day, we celebrate all the wonderful women in our lives. Whether she’s a spouse, mother, grandma, mentor or friend, show her she’s appreciated by making her something delicious and guilt-free.

Take advantage of the fresh, juicy berries abundant at farmers markets and grocery stores. Full of antioxidants, vitamins and other essential nutrients, strawberries pack a nutritional punch.

Besides being low in calories and high in fiber, strawberries contain flavonoids, known to help fight heart disease. And along those lines, strawberries contain antioxidants that can potentially prevent strokes because they stop blood clots from forming. Those same antioxidants are also helpful in preventing cancerous tumors from forming.

Eating strawberries can help regulate blood pressure, blood sugar and lower cholesterol.

Indulge you moms – their hearts will be appreciative in more ways than one.

Chilled Strawberry Soup

3 c. fresh quartered strawberries
1 c. fat-free evaporated milk
½ c. light sour cream
3-4 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
¼ tsp. lemon zest
¼ tsp. orange zest
Low-fat whipped topping or light sour cream and strawberry slices, for garnish

Combine all ingredients except garnish in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Strain soup through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds. Repeat this step to remove as many seeds as possible. Chill soup for at least eight hours or overnight. Serve in small bowls. Garnish as desired.

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