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Cherries

A great source of anthocyanin, cherries can help to reduce inflammation and joint pain. Cherries are also a good source of melatonin, which is responsible for the regulation of the body's internal clock and sleep-wake cycle. Drinking tart cherry juice has been shown to help improve sleep duration and quality. We love cherries from Serene Green Farm Stand in Sag Harbor.


Cherries on Top Cherries on Top

(serves 4)

Ingredients
1-1/2lb cherries, pitted and roughly chopped
1/2 cup red onion, minced
2-3 Tablespoons lemon juice
1-1/2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2-1/2 teaspoons honey

Method
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Use the mixture to top grilled veggies, salads, rice, or as a delicious side.


Chocolate Cherry Smoothie Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

(serves 2)

Ingredients
1 cup of frozen dark cherries
1 to 1 1/2 cups of water or unsweetened chocolate almond milk
1 frozen banana
1/4 cup of frozen blueberries
3 large handfuls of baby spinach
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
2 tablespoons unsweetened good quality cocoa powder or cacao powder

Method
If using a regular blender, blend all the ingredients except the frozen fruit first; slowly add in the frozen fruit so as not to damage your blender. Drink and enjoy!

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