Cherries on the block for a forever young face!

Cherries on the block for a forever young face!

Cherries are delicious, beautiful, and in season now!

When you eat cherries, you enjoy much more than just their amazing taste. They’re packed with antioxidants and offer many health benefits, including help with insomnia, joint pain and belly fat. Cherries could be just what the doctor ordered.

Do you want some more details regarding its health benefits? Have a look below!

Protection from Diabetes

Sweet cherries have a lower glycemic index of 22, lower than apricots, grapes, peaches, blueberries or plums. This makes them a better choice of a fruit snack compared with many other fruits, especially for diabetics.

Helps You Sleep Better

Tossing and turning at night?  Cherry juice to the rescue! Drink cherry juice 30 minutes after waking and 30 minutes before your evening meal.

Reduces Risk of Stroke

Tart cherries provide cardiovascular benefits. The anthocyanins, which are the pigments giving  tart cherries its red color, may activate PPAR which regulates genes involved in fat and glucose metabolism and thus, reduce risk factors for high cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes.

Slows the Aging of Skin

 Cherries have the highest antioxidant level of any fruit. Antioxidants help the body fight the free radicals that make us look old. Drinking one glass of tart cherry juice daily slows down the aging process.

Reduces Muscle Pain

A cup and a half of tart cherries or one cup of tart cherry juice can reduce muscle inflammation and soreness.

Helps to Prevent Colon Cancer

Substances in tart cherries can reduce the formation of the carcinogenic chemicals that develop from the charring of hamburger. Cherry tissue will not only slow down the oxidation deterioration of meat lipids, but will also substantially reduce the formation of heterocyclic aromatic amines.

Now let’s continue with a recipe where cherries make it more delicious and healthier:

Cherry Rice Pudding

Ingredients

  • 300 g untreated rice
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 80 g butter
  • 80 ml heavy cream
  • 4 Tbs honey
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 600 g cherries
  • 3 Tbs chopped almonds

Cooking method

Simmer the rice with salt and spices in 2 1/2 cups water for 40 minutes, then lave to soak. Separate the eggs. Beat half the butter until creamy. Add the egg yolks, cream, honey, and lemon zest to the butter mixture, mix into the rice. Beat the egg whites and fold into the cherry and rice mixture. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease an ovenproof dish and pour in the mixture. Lightly dry fry the almonds in a saucepan, sprinkle over the rice, and dot the remaining butter on top. Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes.

Photo credit: National Kissing Day

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