It’s fun to start out the week with a giveaway!
Especially when it’s something as tasty as tart cherries.
Several years ago, I was privileged to be the guest of the Cherry Marketing Institute at their annual National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan. There I discovered a love for all things tart cherry. They’re not only wonderful little bundles of flavor, they’re packed with anti-inflammatory anthocyanins, plant phytochemicals that offer powerful potential health benefits for conditions like type 2 diabetes or heart disease that chronic inflammation underlies. In the Cherry Marketing Institute’s words:
These flavonoid compounds are behind the sourness, intense red color and potential health-promoting properties, like reducing muscle soreness after exercise, easing arthritis pain and enhancing heart health. They may even help you sleep better at night because they contain melatonin, a natural hormone that regulates our sleep cycle.
My Favorite Recipe: Cherry Lime Rickey
I’ve always loved cherry pie but little did I know about tart cherry juice concentrate. For several years now, this intensely-flavored juice has been the base for one of my favorite beverages — my version of a lime rickey. And it’s so easy.
Just squeeze a couple of fresh limes into a glass, pour in a bit of tart cherry juice concentrate, add ice, and then fill the glass with plain seltzer. It’s beauteous and oh so tasty.
Tinker with the proportions to get it right for you. But in my book, you can’t get it wrong.
Healthy Eating Giveaway
The Cherry Marketing Institute has given us a bottle (big) of tart cherry juice, along with a bag of delicious dried cherries, in a lovely basket, to offer to our readers. So if you’d like to enter the giveaway, tell us in the comment section below how you’d like to use the juice and cherries. These recipes can give you some ideas.
Tart Cherries May Reduce Inflammation, Lower Risk For Type 2 Diabetes
Enter your comment by the end of the day on Friday, August 8. We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook page the following Monday. Enjoy!!
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