I am loving nectarine season. This really is the only time of year to enjoy these sweet and juicy yellow-fleshed fruits. As with all fruits and vegetables, nectarines are an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants which support the immune system. These fruits also supply lutein in abundance which is an important nutrient for eye health, as well beta-carotene – a precursor for vitamin A – which protects the skin from UV damage.

Nectarines, along with other stoned fruits such as peaches, apricots and plums, are also a low GI fruit. This means they do not cause as great a spike in blood sugar as some of the sweeter fruits like bananas, grapes and watermelon. Managing blood sugar has an impact on energy levels, stress management and weight.

The best way to enjoy a nectarine is to stand over the kitchen sink and devour it whole. If you fancy something a little less dribbly serve it sliced with a dollop of Greek yoghurt, a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of pistachio nuts. Heaven!

 

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