From healthy breakfast smoothies to delicious chocolate covered desserts, strawberries have proven to be incredibly popular little fruits. In fact, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, the average person eats 4.85 pounds of fresh and frozen strawberries annually, which is great, given the nutritional value of these sweet and juicy berries. These berries contain 84.7 mg of vitamin C per cup, according to Health.com — and that same cup is only 55 calories, so feel free to munch away on this healthy snack!

Strawberries are also high in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties, which means that incorporating them into your diet can improve your cardiovascular system, according to Whfoods.org. These properties can also make them a great snack for those looking to regulate their blood sugar. And if you are looking for a great source of vitamin C, toss the citrus and grab some strawberries. Just eight berries offer more vitamin C than an orange.

So next time you are strolling through your grocery store looking for something sweet to eat, pick up a carton of strawberries. Your body — and your sweet tooth — will thank you.

By Colleen McTiernan