5 Delicious Ways to Use Cherries

pintsofcherriesDark sweet cherries and tart red cherries are two of my favorite fruits because of their intense flavor, aroma, and tang.

Cherries (1 cup has 87 calories with 3 grams of fiber) also contain vitamin C, some potassium and boron, a mineral that plays an essential role in bone health, especially for women.

Cherries are the ultimate healing food when it comes to gout, but do you know that they can also be an the ideal post-workout snack especially if you’re a runner?

According to Dr. Leon Galland, the “tart cherry juice helps reduce pain after exercise for long distance runners.”

cherry-salsaBoth fresh and frozen cherries are easy to cook with, but here a five fast, no-cook options to get more cherries into your diet.

Want more nutrition and less calories in your breakfast? It’s as easy as pressing “blend”. Blend 1 cup of Kale, 1 cup of frozen or fresh pitted cherries along with your favorite unflavored yogurt or kefir for a super anti-ox detoxifying breakfast drink.

Want to liven up your afternoon coffee break? Cherries and rich coffee make a dynamite flavor pair. Don’t toss your cold coffee, instead pour it into ice cube trays and freeze it. Use the coffee cubes with fresh cherries and make a delightful smoothie.

Tired of the same old jarred tomato salsa? Make your own cherry salsa by mixing 1 pint of chopped cherries with 2 tablespoons minced red onion and cilantro, the juice of 1 lime, and 1 tablespoon of my Cherry Chipotle Sauce or chopped chipotle in adobo.

Other ideas for cherries:

  • Cherries are a pretty welcomed addition to summer sangria, either white or red.
  • Cherries are gorgeous next to greens, you can toss them with your favorite salad base like arugula, mesclun mix, or baby spinach.
  • Cherries are delicious with my creamy poppy seed dressing.

Share Your Favorite Uses For Cherries!

What is your favorite use for cherries? How are you cooking with them? What are some of the best ideas and recipes that you’ve seen for cherries?

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