Sweet or tart, cherries are high in nutrition and a great addition to your diet.
Cherries are a rich source of phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Their dark pigment is indicative of their being rich in anthocyanin glycosides. Scientific studies have shown that anthocyanins in the cherries are found to act like anti-inflammatory drugs therefore the consumption of cherries may offer potential health effects against chronic pain. Cherries have been proven safer than anti-inflammatory drugs at reducing inflammation and relieving pain.
Cherries are one of the best foods to promote melatonin production in the body. This hormone is necessary for not just getting you to sleep, but also helping you stay asleep. Melatonin helps set your internal clock so that your sleep health becomes more regulated. A good night’s sleep is crucial for your overall health. Sleep is when your body recovers, repairs and prevents excess cortisol (stress) that can lead to heart disease, weight gain and more.
Despite being higher in sugar than fruits like cranberries or raspberries, they are actually low on the glycemic index, which makes it a great option for those with high blood sugar. Cherries have actually been shown to improve blood sugar levels!
So you can see why when looking for a sweet treat I tend to opt for this smoothie. It satisfies the sweet tooth yet provides an abundance of nutrition.
1 cup frozen cherries
1/4 cup oatmeal
2 tbsp flax seed
top off with non-dairy milk (I use oat milk)
- But all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.