Cherries are high in antioxidants and contain vitamin C and potassium. Antioxidants protect our cells from damage. Vitamin C boosts immunity while potassium maintains normal blood pressure.

Cherries also may encourage more restful sleep. They contain melatonin, a hormone that helps balance our sleep-wake cycles.

Storing and Choosing Cherries:

  • The freshest cherries are darker in color with green stems.
  • Choose large, firm cherries.
  • Store cherries in your fridge away from foods with a strong odor.
  • Wash cherries right before you eat them.
  • Purchase frozen cherries, they are usually a better deal and will last longer.

How to add cherries to your diet:

  • Add frozen cherries to a fruit smoothie.
  • Bake cherries into an oatmeal bar.
  • Toss cherries into a salad.
  • Try these Cherry Puff Pancakes from MyPlate!

Written by: Priya Samuel, EFNEP student volunteer

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