Cherries on Top

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Summer is such a great time of year – and it’s not over yet! Nothing says summer like heading down to my local farmer’s market and picking up a big bag of locally grown, organic cherries.

Most people think of cherries as a summer treat as opposed to a champion of nutrition. Although they are definitely a tasty delight, I want to share some of the health issues that cherries can help relieve and possibly prevent plus some other ways to get your cherry fix when they are no longer in season.

Here are some of the ailments cherries can help combat.

  • Sleep Disorders – Cherries contain a healthy amount of melatonin a.k.a. mother nature’s sleep aid. A small amount of organic cherry juice before bed can help give you a better night’s sleep.
  • High Blood Pressure – Potassium helps balance blood pressure – guess what? Cherries are loaded with potassium!
  • Inflammation – Cherry pigment contains an antioxidant that has exceptional anti-inflammatory properties – especially tart cherries.
  • Premature Aging – Cherries contain antioxidants, which help protect your body’s cells from damaging free radicals. The better shape your cells are in the less likely premature aging will occur.
  • Losing Weight  – Cherries are made up of 75% water; low in calories and loaded with fiber. Cherries are a healthy snack that will satisfy and keep you feeling full longer!

What to do when cherries are no longer in season: 

Get some organic raw cherry powder – Packed full of vitamins and antioxidants, cherry powder is highly concentrated and  a great way to get all the nutritional benefits cherries have to offer. Add cherry powder to smoothies or yogurt.

Drink organic tart cherry juice – Tart cherry juice is said to have the highest value of antioxidants of any other fruits and vegetables. It can provide relief from inflammatory pain as well as help with sleep disorders. It is a convenient way to keep cherries a part of your diet all year long.

Freeze your cherries – Freeze your cherries, that way you will have some available when they are no longer in season. I love adding frozen cherries to my smoothies, throwing some in my glass of water instead of ice or just having a couple straight up to satisfy my sweet tooth. Just be sure to pit your cherries before freezing them.

DITCH THE PIT!

When freezing cherries, I like to freeze them without the pits so I can throw some into my morning smoothie with ease. Since I am a bit fan of food hacks, I love using an allen key – yes, you read that right – an allen key to remove the pits. All those years of buying furniture from Ikea have finally paid off.

Follow these 4 steps! 

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  1. Get an allen key (clean it), a cutting board and don’t forget the cherries.
  2. Lightly push the allen key into the bottom of cherry to make hole.
  3. Repeat step 2 on the top of cherry.
  4. Go back to bottom and push the pit through!

Don’t forget that the juice will stain so make sure you’re not wearing a tuxedo or your favourite dress when you do it – Oh Yeah! 

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Adam Hart is the bestselling author of The Power of Food. When not on stage speaking, Adam can be found helping one of his many corporate clients in awakening an abundance of energy through his highly engaging stress management solutions.Contact Adam to book a demo for an enhanced corporate wellness experience.

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