Cherries- Superfood of the Week

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This sweet and tart fruit is a superfood in many ways, its provides relief from aching joints or can provide a good night of sleep. Like most fruits and vegetables it helps the body protect itself with high levels of antioxidants (little warriors in the body) and reduce harmful radicals in the body. Cherries boost a high level of fiber, vitamin A, C, & K that protect and heal the body by some of the ways listed below. 

Cherries Aid the body by: 

  • Reducing Hypertension- high levels of potassium reduce blood pressure and balance water levels in the body. (When water in balanced its helps balance sodium levels, where water goes sodium follows). 

  • Inflammation relief – helps reduce pain from inflamed joints (arthritis or otherwise)

  • Cancer Prevention- high levels of beta carotene, vitamin c, anthocyanins and quercetin found in dark sweet cherries prevent cancer and possibly reduce growth of further cancerous cells 

  • Maintain a Healthy Weight- low in calories, high in fiber, and anthocyanins found in tart cherries help burn fat and keep the body fuller longer. 

 

Healthy Ways to Consume Cherries: 

  1. Homemade Quick Oatmeal, Cherries, Almond and Chocolate Cookies (perfect for the sweet tooth) 

  2. Cherry Trail Mix – Homemade mixture nuts and dried cherries

  3. Green Salad with pitted cherries and light vinaigrette 

  4. Oatmeal with dried or fresh pitted cherries 

  5. Cherry sauce for salads or with glazed chicken 

  6. Plain spritzer with cherries and mint for a summer cool down

  7. Homemade granola bars with dried cherries. These no bake recipes are a simple concoction of cereal or oats, with nuts, and dried fruits for a healthy breakfast or snack.

  8. Greek yogurt with cherries 

  9. Raw cherries 
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