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
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
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
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
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!