Thursday, August 3, 2017

Healthy Habits: Cherries

The new school year is almost here and that means a new season of school lunches. Parents want their children to eat healthy, but sometimes it's hard to come up with nutritional lunchbox options that kids like and that don't require a lot of preparation.  

Fortunately, cherries are a simple and delicious solution. Not only are they a great grab-and-go lunchbox treat, but they’re also loaded with health benefits: 
·         Fiber: cherries are a good source of fiber, helping kids stay full longer 
·         Low Glycemic Index: cherries have a low glycemic index, which helps to prevent spikes and crashes in blood sugar – ultimately reducing the risk of Diabetes  
·         Melatonin: cherries are a natural source of melatonin, which help to regulate the body’s internal clock and promote a healthy sleep pattern  

The cherry season is almost over, so time to stock up. To ensure this healthy snack is available to kids year-round, simply freeze, dry or can your cherries now. For your reference, we’ve also included a couple healthy recipes for grab-and-go cherry treats below.  

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