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The Best Cherry Recipes

Looking for cherry recipes for #NationalCherryDay (or everyday)? Find the best heathy cherry recipes here before their short summer season is over!

Need some good cherry recipe ideas? Cherries are popular among Americans, with 2.6 pounds consumed. With a short summer season, utilizing cherries when they are in peak season is preferred.


Once pitted, cherries can become just about anything. From pies to jams to salsas and more...


Read on to find out what is in store! The best cherry recipes are linked below.



 

A Brief Look At Cherry Nutrition

Cherries have a lot of potentially healing properties. They are full of disease-preventing antioxidants and be part of any balanced diet.


Can Cherries Help with Weight Loss?

One cup of cherries, which equals about 21 pitted cherries, is just 90 calories. They are also rich in vitamin C and minerals like potassium. Small amounts of fiber and protein help contribute to a feeling of fullness throughout the day.


What Makes Cherries Special?

Anthocyanins, which create a red pigment, are abundant in cherries. These powerful compounds have been linked to preventing the following diseases:

  • Alzheimer's disease

  • Heart disease

  • Diabetes

  • Arthritis


 

Cherry Recipes

Find all the best cherry recipes from dietitians and nutrition professionals linked below.

Image courtesy of Kroll's Korner.


1. Fresh Cherry Sorbet

This cherry sorbet is fresh, vibrant, and flavorful! It's a tasty way to get nutrients in and frozen cherries are extra refreshing.




Image courtesy of Detoxinista.


2. Cherry Chocolate Avocado Pudding

It's my two favorite words -- healthy dessert! Naturally sweetened with fruit, this sweet treat is perfect for whipping up some summer cherries. It's nut and dairy-free, too!




Image courtesy of Milk & Honey Nutrition.


3. Nutty Cherry and Bacon Popcorn

Spice up movie night with this nutty cherry and popcorn combination. It's the perfect pair of salty and sweet. Give it a try!





Image courtesy of One Sarcastic Baker.


4. Fresh Cherry Mini Pies

Mini cherry pies mean automatic portion control! Flaky and fruity, these tender bites have a layer of cream cheese filling and then fresh cherries and citrus syrup to coat the top. Plus, fresh mint to garnish (are you drooling yet?!).




Image courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen.


5. Feel Good Vegan Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Beyond looking incredibly scrumptious, these tantalizing bars are no-bake and are sweetened naturally. They also contain healthy fats and are easy to make!




In Conclusion on Cherries

The best healthy cherry recipes focus on the fruit. Cherries are full of incredible, nutrient-rich components. Try these refreshing cherry recipes today to cool down during summer -- or any season!

 

References


Real Food Encyclopedia. Cherries. Foodprint.org. Accessed July 2021.

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