Sunday, June 2, 2013

Power Food: Cherries

Hey it’s Jenn and I picked this weeks power food and I am so excited to blog about cherries! Yuuuuuummmm, I LOVE CHERRIES. It is definitely a favourite of mine. Cherries are really delicious eaten by themselves, but can really be a pain to cook with because of all the preparation involved unless you have a cherry corer. I made zero ww point fruit popsicles the other day, yes I said ZERO points and it was soooooo delicious. Cherries in this recipe are really good, but you can add any of your favourite fruits and it would be good.
What you’ll need: Watermelon, your favourite fruits, popsicle tray and a blender (I used a baby bullet). Here is what I did.... Chopped up watermelon, strawberries, kiwi, mango, and cored and chopped up cherries. Blend the watermelon into a puree. Make layers of the fruit, and then pour the watermelon puree over top and lightly tap the popsicle tray to ensure the watermelon puree covers all the fruit. Insert the sticks and freeze. (TIP: Once frozen put the popsicle tray under hot water, doing this makes it easier to remove from the tray)

Now let’s talk about the benefits of eating cherries... Cherries are extremely high in antioxidants, which fight against cancer and other diseases. This berry is full of Queritrin, hah I don’t know what this is.. but it’s proven that cherries carry this in massive amounts and it attacks and kills cancer cells. Eating cherries can also help people who suffer from migraines, because it has certain compounds that act the same as aspirin or advil. Having cherries on a regular basis can also help with melatonin levels, this is the chemical that our bodies naturally release to help us sleep. There are so many more benefits to eating cherries, I shared the ones that I found really interesting. As we all know when cherries are not in season they are really hard to find and extremely expensive if you do find them. When this fruit is out of season there is a juice you can purchase called red tart cherry juice concentrate, which is extremely good for you. I have never tried this juice but I plan on trying it in the future. If you’ve tried it before please leave a comment and let me know how you liked it.

Steph: Hi all, I have to admit my favourite way to eat cherries is the plain old fashioned way. I LOOOOOVE cherries. I remember always seeing cherries when visiting my great-grandma’s house (that was sooo long ago.. wow) as she had a big cherry tree in her yard. My grandparent’s would always pick them :). I always had them around growing up as they are my mom’s favourite fruit. I love them because they’re so flavourful, sweet and make an amazing snack in the summer when it is ridiculously hot. AND I’d consider them guilt free as they are very low calorie and are packed with anti oxidents :) Plus, when you need to go and can’t.. eat some cherries! You’ll be poopin’ in no time! hehe Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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