Strawberries are one of the most heavily sprayed fruits, so be sure to buy organic to limit your pesticide exposure. You can eat this versatile fruit as a snack or in various other ways, such as smoothies, desserts, dressings, or on salad.
This gluten free and no bake keto cheesecake is the ultimate treat. It’s a perfect choice when everyone else is eating regular cheesecake, but you’re trying to stay low carb or keto.
And it will not disappoint you, i can promise you that. If you’ve made other sugar free, low carb cheesecakes in the past and felt that they were only okay, after trying this one, you’ll never need another cheesecake recipe.
- 1 Cup of Heavy Whipping Cream
- 3 Tsp of Stevia Extract
- 1 Juiced Lemon
- 250g of Cream Cheese
- 1/2 Tsp of Stevia Extract
- 1 Cup of Frozen Strawberries
For the strawberry jam:
- Cook your strawberries and stevia in a non-stick sauce pan until you have a thick consistency. It should take 5 – 8 minutes to do that.
- Let it completely cool down.
For the cheesecake:
- Mix your cream cheese, 2 tbsp of lemon juice, and stevia (or preferred sweetener) with a hand mixer until you obtain creamy consistency (You can also use an electric mixer).
- Start whisking your whipping cream in a separate bowl until it becomes thick and firm. The cream should be thick enough to stay on your whisk once you lift it, don’t over whip it. If you over whip it, mix it gently with a little splash of heavy cream.
- Add half of your whipped cream to your cream cheese. Now add the other half, this time gently mix it in to make sure your creamy filling stays light.
- Take 4 ramekins (would also work with tea cups or espresso cups) and fill your cheesecake. Spread it evenly using the spoon’s back and make sure the top is slightly flat. Cover your ramekins for at least 30 minutes, ideally 1 hour, and let them chill in the fridge.
- Take 1 tbsp of your berry jam out of the fridge and put it on top of your cheesecake.
- Serve and enjoy.
Strawberry Health Benefits
Strawberries offer an abundance of health and wellness benefits in addition to their delicious taste. A great source of fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants, these are some of the best health benefits of strawberries.
1. Protect The Heart
Strawberries is full of antioxidants and polyphenols, and that makes them the ideal food for protecting your heart from ailments. Strawberries contain anthocyanins (the antioxidants responsible for their red hue) that protect the circulatory system’s lining and thus shield the arteries from plaque build-up and regulate blood pressure.
2. Regulate Blood Sugar Levels
Strawberries also contain ellagic acid, which helps to slow down the digestion of starchy foods along with the antioxidants. This controls rising levels of blood sugar posting a starchy meal. It also helps people with type-2 diabetes stay in control of their blood sugar levels.
Strawberries also have a low glycemic index, which means that when eaten by diabetics, they are unlikely to cause sharp sugar spikes.
3. Boost Immunity
Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C. In fact, there is more vitamin C in a single strawberry serving, then an entire orange. Vitamin C has been found to trigger immune boosting antibodies that ultimately improve the ability of your body to fight infections.
Vitamin C supplementation has increased the concentration of immunoglobulin, which is an antibody and a key component of the immune system, according to research conducted by South African doctors. It is also known that strawberries fight allergies and asthma.
4. Regulate Blood Pressure
Strawberries, as already mentioned, contain anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants that relax and open the lining of the blood vessels, thus reducing blood pressure. Strawberries are also rich in potassium, a nutrient that helps to control blood pressure.
5. Improve Brain Health
The credit goes back to the antioxidants. Strawberries protect the brain cells from damage due to free radicals with their high antioxidant content. They also change the way neurons communicate with each other in the brain. Ultimately, this leads to better brain health.
6. Fight Inflammation
Strawberries contain quercetin, and according to a study conducted by Massachusetts University, quercetin intake, together with regular exercise, may reduce plaque formation of atherosclerosis.
Strawberries are also rich in vitamin C, which plays an important role in inflammation prevention. This vitamin also plays a role in alleviating arthritis and gout symptoms.
7. Fight Cholesterol
Strawberries contain pectin, a type of soluble fiber that lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) levels in the body.
According to an analysis conducted jointly by Italian and Spanish scientists, a team of 23 healthy volunteers who had consumed 500 grams of strawberries on a monthly basis experienced a decrease in LDL levels.
8. Improve Vision Health
Strawberries are loaded with antioxidants found to prevent cataract, macular degeneration, and other eye diseases. According to Oregon Health & Science University researchers, vitamin C may enhance the functioning and life of retinal cells.