Cherry Season is upon us. So get out there and eat the benefits!
I love cherry season! These delicious little fruits not only pack a lot of juicy, sweet and tart flavor, they also provide many health benefits. They make a great low calorie snack, and they have a lower glycemic index than many other fruits. This means they will not trigger spikes and crashes in blood glucose (or blood sugar). Keep reading to find out what else cherries have to offer!
Fiber: They are a good source of fiber, providing 3g per one cup (12% DV). Fiber promotes healthy digestion and bacteria in the GI. It also helps lower cholesterol and helps with weight loss. If those aren't enough reasons to get some cherries in your diet how about the next two benefits!
Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory: Cherries are loaded with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. Antioxidants help remove free radicals, which can damage cells in the body. They help fight cancer and other disease. Anti-inflammatory actions of these compounds help ward off chronic disease, and can help manage symptoms of diseases that have been linked to inflammation. Additionally, reducing inflammation can reduce pain, which can help you feel better and be more active.
Add cherries to your snack routine and try my cherry overnight oats recipe below.
Cherry Overnight Oats
Makes 2 servings
2/3 cup Old fashioned oats
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
2 big handfulls of fresh cherries
1 cup kefir (1 1/2 cup for creamier oats)
1. In a large bowl, sprinkle cinnamon and vanilla on your oats.
2. Chop cherries, discard pit and add on top.
3. Next add your plain Kefir and stir to combine all ingredients.
4. Place in refrigerator, and go to bed.
5. Add your favorite nut in the morning for protein, fiber and healthy fat.
Enjoy your cherry oats in the morning with someone, or save a serving for a snack later on in the day.