Cherries are the Pick of the Season

In the summer, life is a bowl of cherries. The long, warm days have produce sections brimming with big, juicy, sweet cherries.

To promote the nutritional benefits of fresh produce, there’s the Pick of the Season, a public health initiative spotlighting seasonal fruit and vegetables, with recipes this quarter for cherries, a produce selection that travels from the great Northwest right to you.

cherry smoothie recipe

Besides the great taste, cherries are also low in calories-only 90 calories for 1 cup-and contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol. However, they pack in some great nutrients, including vitamin C, fiber and potassium.

So whether they’re Bing or Rainier, this beautiful fruit is a crowd pleaser. Delicious in a recipe or by the handful, for dessert or a midday snack, you can enjoy cherries all season long and beyond.

There are so many ways to add cherries to your favorite recipes, like in cherry-stuffed grilled chicken, cherry and hazelnut salad, cherry clafouti and this cherry smoothie:

Cherry Smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup light vanilla yogurt.
  • 3/4 cup pitted fresh or frozen sweet cherries.
  • 1/2 cup drained canned mandarin orange sections (canned in juice, no sugar added).
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract.
  • 4 ice cubes.

Combine all ingredients in blender; blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass; serve immediately. POINTS value per serving: 4; 239 calories, 0g fat, 3g fiber

Recipes like this one reflect the food values inherent in the Weight Watchers philosophy-that eating should be satisfying, as well as healthy.