5/15/13

Dietitian's Top Pick: A Cherry Great Deal!


Hopefully winter is finally gone, leaving summer just around the corner! This means many seasonal fruits and vegetables are also on the way. One summertime favorite is already making its way to the produce department…cherries!

There are many varieties of cherries, and all are packed with nutritious benefits. They are typically “in season” from June to August. Cherries are naturally fat-free and cholesterol-free. They are a good source of Vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. Fiber can help lower your cholesterol, is good for your digestive system, and may help prevent some cancers. Some research even indicates that cherries may have anti-inflammatory properties.

There are many great ways to incorporate cherries into your daily diet. Many people like to bake with cherries in pies, crisps, and cakes. Fresh cherries make an excellent snack and could be added to other snacks such as yogurt or ice cream.

What's the best way to pick cherries, you may ask? Choose cherries that are plump and shiny with green stems. Once you have them home, store them in the refrigerator, but don't rinse them until you are ready to enjoy them.

NuVal Score: 96

Nutrition Facts:
1/2 cup raw sweet cherries, with pit
Kcal: 45
Fat: 0 mg
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 0 mg
Potassium: 153 mg
Total carbohydrates: 11 g
Fiber: 1.5 g
Protein: 0.7 g

Cherries are on sale this week at $2.97/lb. Be sure to stop by the produce department and pick up a bag. Remember - a handful of cherries makes a delicious snack, or try it mixed in with yogurt (like the easy recipe below)!

Cherry Almond Greek Delight

Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup fresh cherries, pitted
• 5.3 oz Yoplait Greek 100 Calories, vanilla yogurt
• 1 tbsp slivered almonds

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