Cheers for Cherries!

Cherry season has arrived at Market Street and we are so excited!  These delicious red morsels are not only great tasting but full of good nutrition.  Here's a few ways they help our bodies function better:

•Fill up:  1 cup of cherries contains 90 calories, 3 grams of fiber and are high in water content.  This helps keep you full longer and thus may help prevent overeating.

•Antioxidants:  Beta Carotene + Vitamin C+ Quercetin = help prevent cancer, heart disease and can also help slow the signs of aging. 

•Sleep:  Cherries contain melatonin (which helps regulate sleep cycles) and may be helpful for to get a better night of sleep and fight jet lag.

•Heart Health: Anthocyanins (antioxidants) give cherries their red color.  Those antioxidants may help reduce inflammation and cholesterol.

•Potassium: Cherries are a good source of potassium.  1 cup = approx. 270 mg.  Potassium plays an important role in muscle, heart, kidney and nerve cell function.   It also helps counterbalance sodium, which helps maintain water levels throughout the body.

While I love to just eat the cherries by themselves, I also enjoy incorporating the cherries into various dishes.  Here is one of my favorites: Cherry-Almond Cookie Dough Oatmeal.

These are the ingredients you will need to gather: oatmeal, milk, cherries, almonds, brown sugar, vanilla, and a banana.

And this is the result: Yum!

Cherry-Almond Cookie Dough Oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (not steel cut nor instant, certified gluten-free if you need it)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk, any kind
  • 1 small ripe banana, sliced thin
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup cherries, pitted then sliced in half
  • 1 Tablespoon sliced almonds
  1. Combine oats, water, milk, and banana slices in a saucepan over medium heat. Once bubbling, stir and cook until oats are creamy, about 3 minutes, using a spatula to mash banana slices. Remove pan from heat then stir in brown sugar, and vanilla, Pour into a bowl then top with cherries and almonds.
Adapted from iowagirleats.com

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