Cherry season is finally here! Time to bust out the credit card because fresh cherries are expensive but so, so worth it. I’ve been tossing them in salads, on ice cream, or just into my mouth every time I open the fridge and see them. But there’s something about warm cherries in a bowl of oatmeal that just makes them melt in your mouth. Every ingredient in this oatmeal has unique health benefits and they combine to make a delicious and filling breakfast perfect for summer.
Cherries are a stone fruit rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The antioxidants in cherries repair the damage done to your cells caused by free radicals, fight off cancerous cells, relieve arthritis pain, and can even help slow down the aging process by relieving oxidative stress.
For athletes, cherries are often recommended to help relieve muscle pain and soreness. This is due to their antioxidants called anthocyanins that reduce inflammation, comparable to an OTC pain reliever. Cherries also contain melatonin which helps regulate your body’s natural sleep patterns and improve the quality of sleep, which is important for an athlete’s recovery. Melatonin can also help relieve headaches and anxiety. Cherries contain Vitamin A, fiber, potassium, and can boost your immune system. Eating cherries post-workout would be beneficial for recovery, and this oatmeal contains protein, fast and slow digesting carbohydrates, plus cherries for a perfect post-workout meal.
What are your favorite ways to use cherries?