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Did you ever wrap a fruit rollup around your finger as a child, then gnaw away at it until you were left with a sticky, goopy mess?
I sure did. Gross.
Rest assured, I ate these fruit rollups like a grown up with the utmost dignity and decorum.
It’s hard to find fault with a raw cleanse that includes fruit rollups in the meal plan. Though these rollups are nothing like the ones of my childhood, because they have only two ingredients: strawberries and cinnamon.
I knew strawberries were high in vitamin C and antioxidants, but I was excited to learn about research that shows they have anti-inflammatory properties. Preliminary studies suggest that the salicylic acid in strawberries may reduce inflammation in patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Cinnamon is no slouch, either. It contains cinnamaldehyde, a potent anti-inflammatory phytonutrient, plus it’s anti-microbial and helps control blood sugar. And did you know it’s a source of manganese, calcium, iron and fiber? Seriously. Who knew?
These fruit rollups were easy to prepare, though they do take a while to dry out. It’s worth the wait, though – the flavour is so fresh and bright. They’re very portable, too – I’ll definitely be taking these on my next road trip!
This post is part of a month-long series about exploring the raw food lifestyle. With the help of holistic nutritionist Jennifer Trecartin, I’m doing a 28-day raw food healing challenge to improve my Crohn’s disease. At the end of the month, I hope to transition off my medication, which I have been taking since I was 18.
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- 2 cups organic strawberries
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- Blend the fruit until smooth, then spread onto a Teflex sheet or a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- If using a dehydrator, dehydrate at 105 degrees F for 8-10 hours or until the fruit is pliable and easy to peel from the sheet.
- If using an oven, leave it on at the lowest temperature until the fruit is dry (times will vary depending on the oven).
- Cut into strips and store in a glass container in the refrigerator.