(These tips brought to you by D.C. Central Kitchen’s Healthy Corner Stores)

DID YOU KNOW that cherries naturally lower your blood pressure because they are loaded with potassium? All cherries are also high in pectin — a fiber that helps to prevent heart disease by lowering ‘bad’ cholesterol.

Why Should I Eat Them?

  • Muscles always sore? Eat a handful of cherries before rigorous activities so you don’t feel achy after. Cherries’ rich red color comes from anthocyanins — the antioxidants found in grapes (and red wine) — that inhibit enzymes associated with inflammation, and may help soothe soreness linked to muscle and joint pain.
  • Sleep more soundly with a healthy dose of cherries. Cherries, part of the stone fruit family that includes apricots, peaches and plums, are one of the few known food sources of melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone that helps to regulate the body’s circadian rhythms and our sleep patterns.

READ MORE about why cherries are so good for you and get a chart of different cherry varieties.

How Do I Eat It? 

  • Try cherries in your oatmeal or cereal in the morning
  • Frozen cherries can be blended into a sweet and tangy sorbet
  • Try dropping a few frozen cherries in ice tea, lemonade or seltzer
  • Simmer cherries on the stove and serve warm over cake

 

Don’t forget to visit one of the 62 participating corner stores to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks. Need a list of participating corner stores? Click here.