Healthy Eating Giveaway: The Anti-Inflammatory Power of Tasty Tart Cherries


It’s fun to start out the week with a giveaway!

healthy eating giveaway anti-inflammatory cherriesEspecially 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

cherry-lime-ricky-recipeI’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.

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14 responses to “Healthy Eating Giveaway: The Anti-Inflammatory Power of Tasty Tart Cherries”

  1. AmberLynn Pappas says:

    We would love to have the tart cherries at our house! We would put the dried ones in cereal and in salad while using the juice mixed with other juices from our juicer to make homemade popsicles. My kids love all cherries!

  2. Jessica Herring says:

    Cherries are my favorite! I would love to try theses tart cherries in my cooking!

  3. Laurel says:

    I would make a tart cherry and chocolate chip bundt cake with the cherries, and I would use the juice to make a cherry cream cheese glaze. Yummmm

  4. Hi Marsha,
    When I can get them I like to put dried tart cherries into a dark, dark, DARK chocolate cookie – the cherries and the chocolate are an amazing match.

    I also make a fairly simple trail mix, with almonds and dried apricots as the base, and then dried cherries, cranberries, mango and papaya all make “guest appearances”!

    Sort of the bar version of the trail mix are the power bars/energy bars that I make. They are based in rolled oats and oat bran, with apricot jam and agave syrup to bind them together. From there I add whatever seems appealing. So, there’s a dried cherry and walnut version, an apricot, almond and cacao nibs version, a dried mango and coconut version…

    As for the cherry juice, I like your idea, since I already like to put lime in seltzer for a simple but fun beverage. I wonder if it would work in homemade cherry gummies? I bet it would be interesting in a vinaigrette used on a baby greens salad with mandarin orange sections and walnuts or pecans and maybe some Humboldt Fog. Oh, or what about replacing some or all of the wine in a reduction sauce with tart cherry juice? Especially good over pork tenderloin, I would think.

    Yum! Okay, I’m stopping now!

  5. Megan Kealy says:

    I would use the tart cherry juice to make a Zesty Salad Dressing. The dried cherries I would eat slowly, one at a time, thinking of my mindful eating class with Robyn.

  6. Roxanne Cook says:

    I use the tart cherries on top of the black and white bark I make at holiday time from Cook’s Illustrated – 1 square is very satisfying and everybody looks forward to it once a year. Then I would use some of those same cherries to sprinkle in a salad – something we enjoy much more often than black & white bark!

  7. Megan Kealy says:

    P.S. Is this an old blog post? I only ask as the article states the deadline for comments as Friday, August 5th? That’s not going to happen in 2014, as this Friday will be August 8th.

  8. Rachel says:

    My mom and I love to drink tart cherry juice, so I’d have to share some with her. As for the dried cherries, I enjoy having them in oatmeal, yogurt, granola – basically anything I can put them in.

  9. Marsha Hudnall says:

    Thanks, Megan. No, this is a current post. I just put in the wrong date! Corrected now!

  10. Hayley says:

    I love using juice and dried fruit to add flavour to my water kefir!

  11. Dandi D says:

    I would love to use the dried cherries in some granola bars. Yum!

  12. Cathy says:

    Oh that drink sounds perfect!!!!! Would love to try it!!

  13. I use dried cherries in my overnight oatmeal (love how they get soft and plump!) and also add them to the trail mix I make with Fiber One cereal and almonds. I love the Cherry Lime Ricky recipe and can’t wait to try that — in a pinch, I’d add tart cherry juice to Fresca.

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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