In the summer, life is a bowl of cherries. The long, hot days have produced sections brimming with big, juicy, sweet cherries. To boost the nutritional benefits of fresh produce, there’s the selection of the Season, a public health professional spotlighting seasonal fruit and vegetables, with recipes that season for a create selection that travels in the great Northwest right to you.
Aside from the excellent taste, cherries can also be low in calories-only 90 calories for 1 cup-and contain no fat, cholesterol or sodium. But they pack in some fantastic nutrients, such as vitamin C, fiber and potassium. So whether they’re Bing or Rainier, this beautiful fruit really is a crowd pleaser. Delicious at a recipe or by the couple, for a midday snack, you may enjoy cherries all season long and outside.
There are so many ways to incorporate cherries to your favorite recipes, like in cherry-stuffed grilled cherry cherry and hazelnut salad, cherry clafouti and this cherry smoothie:
3/4 cups pitted fresh or frozen sweet cherries
1/2 cups drained canned mandarin orange sections (canned in juice, no sugar added)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
4 ice cubes
Blend all ingredients in blender; mix until smooth. Pour into a tall glassserve immediately. POINTS? Value per serving: 4; 239 calories, 0g fat, 3g fiber
Recipes like this one reflect that the food worth inherent in the Weight Watchers philosophy-that eating ought to be satisfying, as well as healthful.