Cherries are a sweet, refreshing summer fruit great for snacking and adding to salads!
Cherries come in a variety of forms, from fresh to frozen, dried, juiced, and even freeze-dried into a powder. There are also different types of cherries ranging from tart, sweet, and Rainier cherries (which are the pinkish-yellow ones). All cherries have one thing in common, they’re high in antioxidants and rich in vitamin C making them a powerful fruit and “superfood”.
Health Benefits of Cherries:
Cherries have been a popular “superfood” and studied specifically for their effects on exercise-induced muscle damage, reducing muscle pain, and reducing muscle stress. Tart cherries have also been used for gout, dyspepsia, edema, insomnia, and osteoarthritis. Tart cherries also contain melatonin, the hormone that helps all of us get a good night of sleep.
Consuming cherries prior, during, and post-exercise may help reduce pain, delay onset muscle soreness and provide an anti-inflammatory benefit to skeletal muscle.
Nutrient Breakdown of Cherries:
Carbohydrates | 16g
Vitamin C | 12% DV
Manganese | 4% DV
Potassium | 6% DV
How To Use:
Cherries can be used raw or fresh as a snack, sliced on top of a savory salad, sliced into desserts, baked into bread, muffins and cakes, or blended into smoothies. You can use cherries fresh, frozen, or dried!
Keep cherries frozen and fresh on hand for a quick cold smoothie and tart cherry juice for recovery post-workout!