Contributed by: NAPSA
Cherries and Berries from Chile - Amazing Winter Wonderlands of Flavor by Elizabeth Pivonka, Ph.D., R.D., President, Produce for Better Health Foundation (NAPSA) - It's hard to believe that sweet, juicy cherries, deep purple succulent blueberries and rich red raspberries are easily found in your supermarket from Thanksgiving to well past Valentine's Day, but it's true! Thanks to the experts at the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, we have an abundance of outstanding fresh fruits to choose from during our winter months.
Luckily for us, it's summer in Chile when it's winter in America. On top of the delicious flavor and incredible color of Chile's cherries and berries, these fruits contain powerful health-promoting antioxidant phytonutrients that may help prevent coronary artery disease and certain cancers and protect against the effects of aging. So convenient to eat as a snack and so easy to use in recipes, these delightful little bundles of nutrition are also good sources of vitamin C and dietary fiber.
Eating a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables-at least one serving from each of five color groups (blue/purple, green, white, yellow/orange and red) daily-may seem daunting in the winter, but not when you have such a great choice of fruits from Chile. Sprinkle raspberries on your cereal in the morning, add berries to muffin mixes or serve Cherry Berry Sauce over waffles on Saturday. Take some dark, sweet cherries to the office for lunch or a late morning snack. When it comes to dinner, the possibilities are endless. Add berries and cherries to your winter fruit salads, sprinkle on frozen yogurt, or serve Cherry Berry sauce over toasted slices of pound cake. Berries are great baked into tarts and cobblers or used with yogurt and granola to build a delicious parfait. Keep cherries and berries refrigerated until ready to eat and wash them just before you are ready to serve, not before.
Place juice, sugar, butter and half the berries into a medium size saucepan and bring to boil on medium heat, stirring often. Cook gently for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and using a stick or wand blender (a full sized blender may be used), carefully puree hot mixture until no whole fruits remain.
Add remaining berries, cherries, almond flavoring and return to heat. Cook for about 3-4 minutes at a low boil. Remove from heat, add marshmallows and stir until melted. Serve warm over hot waffles, pancakes, French toast, ice cream or pound cake.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes - Number of 5 A Day servings: 1 1/2
Serving Size: Makes 6 generous 1/3 cup servings
Nutritional Information: Per serving: calories: 133, total fat: 2g, saturated fat: 1g, % calories from fat: 16%, protein: 1g, carbohydrates: 28g, cholesterol: 5mg, dietary fiber: 2g, sodium: 25mg
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