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Did you know that sweet cherries are among the top 20 foods with the highest concentration of antioxidants? This flavorful fruit may relieve arthritis pain, protect the heart, and help with problems associated with sleep. Join Hy-Vee Dietitian Jen Haugen, to learn health benefits from eating cherries and a delicious cherry recipe!

Cheery Cherries
 
How to Pit a Cherry (without a pitter)
A simple tip will help you pit your cherries with a tool you probably already have in your kitchen.
 
Pain Relief
Suffer from pain due to gouty arthritis or muscle soreness after exercise?  A bowl full of cherries may have the similar pain-reducing effects compared to aspirin. 
 
Natural Sleep Aid
Cherries are one of the few foods that contain melatonin, a natural hormone in your body that helps you fall asleep and wake up.  
 
Heart Health
The beautiful, bright red color of cherries comes from their anthocyanins. They are important for protecting the heart and inhibiting further plaque build-up.
Apple, Walnut and Fresh Cherry Quinoa Salad
Source: Chef Andrew, Ankeny Hy-Vee
 
All You Need:
½ cup uncooked quinoa, prepared in Hy-Vee apple juice
½ cup chopped, toasted walnuts
1 cup pitted and quartered fresh cherries 
1 large apple, chopped
1 large celery stalk, chopped
2 tbsp. chopped red onion
1 tbsp. Hy-Vee honey
2-3 tbsp. Hy-Vee White Balsamic Raspberry Blush Vinegar
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
 
All You Do:
  • Prepare quinoa as directed on package, using Hy-Vee apple juice in place of water. Cool completely in refrigerator, about 30 minutes. 
  • Toss cooled quinoa, walnuts, cherries, apple, celery and onion together in a large bowl.
  • Mix Hy-Vee honey and vinegar in a separate bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.**
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well.
  • Serve immediately or chill in the fridge until serving time.
**Note: If more dressing is desired, double the dressing recipe and toss with the salad.
 
Nutritional information per serving: 140 calories; 20 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 2 g dietary fiber; 5 g fat; 3 g protein; 0.5 g saturated fat; 10 mg sodium; 12 g sugar; 0 g trans fat; Daily values: 2% vitamin A; 4% vitamin C; 2% calcium; 4% iron.

Jen Haugen represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community.  Jen is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.