Do you like sweet snacks but despair at the lack of healthy choices? Make the most of sweet Northwest Cherries from Washington State, USA, which have a short season from the beginning of July until the end of August.
Sweet Northwest cherries are a great between-meal snack, ideal for staving off hunger pangs. They are a good source of fibre, with just ten Northwest Cherries containing 1.6 grams. Combined with other high fibre, low fat ingredients in breakfast dishes, main courses, and sweet or savoury salads, they are a delicious seasonal addition to summertime healthy eating.
For those wanting great tasting food that really fills you up for longer, Northwest Cherries are ideal. The cherries have a low glycaemic index (GI) of about 30. Foods that have a low GI release a steady stream of energy into the body and help to satisfy you more. Snacking on healthier foods with a low glycaemic index is satisfying to the appetite and helps to stop you snacking on other less beneficial choices.
Northwest cherries can be a step towards a healthier lifestyle. They are low in fat and calories - a single portion of fruit of 10 cherries is just 37 calories. They are also packed full of antioxidants, like quercetin and vitamin C, as well as potassium – an essential mineral that can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
Like many fruit, sweet cherries are rich in phytochemicals, such as the antioxidant quercetin, which are thought to help combat chronic diseases such as heart disease and some cancers.
The bright red colour of sweet Bing cherries makes them an attractive snack for children. The colouration of cherries also has a health benefit – they are rich in anthocyanins - another type of protective phytochemical that act as beneficial antioxidants.
Dr Juliet Gray, Northwest cherries nutritionist said, “In the UK our intake of fruit and vegetables is still well below the recommended five or more pieces a day, particularly amongst children. It’s important that we eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, such a Northwest cherries, because of the essential nutrients they contain.”
So the next time you think about snacking, try the healthy option with sweet Northwest Cherries!
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