Wellness, Nutrition

The Health Benefits of Cherries

Cherries are delicious, decadent, versatile… and good for you!

If you’re looking for another reason to enjoy more cherries this summer, you’re going to love today’s recipe… Vegan Cherry Sorbet!

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Cherries Fight Inflammation

A recent study published in The Journal of Nutrition found that participants who consumed approximately 45 fresh sweet cherries daily significantly decreased the amount of inflammatory biomarkers in the body. Anthocyanin, a compound naturally found in cherries, helps to fight and reduce inflammation. For this reason, cherries are great to consume post workout to improve recovery time, reduce swelling and muscle soreness.

Cherries Are Good For a Good Night's Rest

Cherries are a natural source of melatonin, a compound which helps regulate the body’s sleep cycle.

Cherries Fight Heart Disease

Cherries rich source of anthocyanin can also help reduce plaque and nitric oxide build up, which can help improve heart health.

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This dessert is full of flavor and health boosting super foods! Cacao nibs have a naturally bitter chocolate taste and compliment the rich taste of sweet cherries. Pistachios are a great topping as well, being that they add protein, fiber and healthy fats to this dessert and also add a wonderful crunchy texture.

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Vegan Cherry Sorbet With Cacao Nibs & Pistachios

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SERVINGS

Makes 16 servings

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups organic granulated sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 6 cups fresh sweet cherries, pitted
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Cacao nibs
  • Pistachios, shelled

*Choose organic ingredients when possible

DIRECTIONS
  1. Add 2 cups of granulated sugar into a glass mixing bowl
  2. Pour 3 cups of boiling water into the bowl and whisk together until sugar is completely dissolved
  3. Pit 6 cups of fresh sweet cherries
  4. Place cherries into a high speed blender and blend until smooth and liquefied
  5. Strain cherry juice through a fine mesh strainer
  6. Combine strained cherry juice with sugar water and add in a pinch of sea salt to make the sorbet base
  7. Refrigerate sorbet base for a least two hours
  8. Make sorbet in Cuisinart ice cream machine, following the machine instructions. Sorbet will take approximately 40 minutes
  9. Meanwhile, chop pistachios and prepare desired toppings
  10. When sorbet is finished it will appear thick and creamy. Scoop into bowl and top with cacao nibs and chopped pistachios
  11. Save leftover cherry sorbet in the freezer
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