Mmmm…. Cherries. They’re sweet, savory and sensational. But did you know cherries are also known as a super food?
“Cherries are absolutely loaded with anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-cancer compounds that don’t show up on your average nutrition facts label. These include quercetin, a member of the flavonoid family which has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties,” Dr. Jonny Bowden, author of 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, explains.
“Cherries also contain anthocyanains which act like natural COX-2 inhibitors, reducing pain and inflammation. That’s one reason why they’re so great for gout,” Bowden adds.
Add frozen cherries (I prefer these because they are already pitted) to plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese for a sensible snack. If you’re craving a more opulent treat, add them to Purely Decadent’s new line of coconut milk ice creams.
You can also mix ½ cup of frozen cherries with a ¼ cup of chopped walnuts or pecans, then sprinkle the mixture with a tablespoon of unsweetened coconut flakes for a mid-afternoon energy booster.
Here’s a great post-workout shake that’s ready in seconds!
Cherry Oatmeal Smoothie (makes 1 serving):
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup fat-free milk
- ½ cup frozen cherries
- ½ scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder
- ¼ cup dry oatmeal225 calories, 2 g fat, 33 g carbohydrates, 2 g dietary fiber, 16 g sugar, 20 g protein.
Why does this matter to you? Because incorporating super foods into a healthy diet will help you live a longer and healthier life. There are plenty of these foods to choose from so you can vary which ones you eat every day!