The Cherry on Top for National Dessert Day
Boost your health this fall with the addition of this power-packed fruit that is full of nutrition and flavor!
5 Reasons We Love Cherries
Full of antioxidants such as polyphenols and quercetin, cherries may help fight inflammation and damage from free radicals.
Eating a diet high in fiber helps promote healthy bowel movements and can make you feel full longer because foods rich in fiber take longer to digest. Consider adding cherries as one source of fiber for a healthy diet.
Minerals & Vitamins
Cherries are small but mighty, containing vitamins C, A and K. You will also benefit from potassium, magnesium and calcium when you include this fruit in your diet.
Muscle Recovery for Athletes
If you love running or cycling, consider adding high concentrations of tart cherries and tart cherry juice to your diet before an athletic event to improve your performance and muscle recovery.
Not only are cherries beneficial for your overall health, they taste simply delicious! You can choose to add sweet or tart cherries to your diet, and might we recommend adding both varieties? Our freeze-dried tart cherries offer a myriad of possibilities for you to enjoy!
An Unexpected Twist?
We love a good dessert as much as the next person! The next time you make a rich, dark and fudgy dessert, try mixing up your classic recipe and consider using black beans to add a boost of health.
Just like cherries, black beans are high in antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C. Eating black beans is also beneficial for lowering your cholesterol, especially your "bad" LDL cholesterol.
Black beans are a popular substitute for flour in gluten-free recipes, and they have a slightly sweet taste that complements many chocolate desserts! When using our dehydrated black beans in your recipes, just add a little extra water to help rehydrate the beans.
Tart cherries make the perfect topping sauce for your decadent desserts! We love this sauce drizzled on brownies, cheesecakes, ice cream, pancakes, pound cakes... the list grows with your imagination. However you choose to celebrate National Dessert Day, this cherry sauce topping is sure to keep your taste buds dancing!
1 cup freeze-dried cherries
1/2 cup water
1/8 cup sugar*
Splash of vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
Dash of salt
1 tsp cornstarch**
1 tsp water (to add to cornstarch)
Mix the cornstarch and 1 tsp water and set aside.
Add the cherries, 1/2 cup water, sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and salt to a saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the cornstarch mixture to the saucepan and simmer for an additional 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove the sauce from the heat and cool.
Depending on how large of a dessert you plan to eat, this cherry sauce will serve 2-4 people.
*Adjust the sugar according to how sweet you like your cherry sauce.
** The cornstarch mixture serves as a thickening agent for your sauce. You can adjust the amount of cornstarch you use depending on how thin/thick you like your sauce.
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