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Posted by: Dr. Tina Morse PsyD, MFT

Topic: Natural Gourmet & Nutrition

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While it’s clear that berries are filled with antioxidants that deliver health benefits throughout your body. Did you know that cherries really top the list? Cherries are native to Europe. They have been shown to contain high levels of the nutrient melatonin which helps regulate sleep and offers anti-aging benefits. They are a good source of dietary fiber and rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and calcium. Anthocyanins found in cherries give them their rich color and are known to help improve a persons memory, aid in losing weight and provide nutrients that help prevent cancer. These unique antioxidants protect individual cells as well as the bodies immune, cardiovascular and digestive systems from the damaging affects of free radicals, oxygen, nitrogen, and UV radiation. Cherries have such high levels of anti-inflammatory properties that the FDA wanted scientific information regarding cherries to be re-phrased and threatened the farming industry by suggesting they could be deemed a drug. Researchers at Michigan State University found that the anthocyanidins in cherries are able to naturally block cyclooxygenase enzymes, so that no pain messages are sent. They are known to be natural pain relievers and aid symptoms of fibromyalgia. The Arthritis Foundation recommends an intake of tart cherry juice several times a day for people suffering from joint pain and arthritis.

A great way to enjoy cherries while you’re on-the-go is to incorporate them into homemade granola bars. Granola bars are easy to make and great to have on hand for easily upping your daily antioxidant intake.

I would love to hear what you think!

On The Go Granola Bars, are featured on WeightLossForAll.com
2 cups rolled oats

1/4 cup wheat germ

1/4 cup ground linseeds

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 cups of flour

200g fresh or frozen cherries, chopped

2 cups mixed chopped nuts (pecans, pistachios, or pumpkin seeds would taste great!)

1/8 teaspoon of salt

1/3 cup of honey

1/2 cup olive oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract, or seeds of one vanilla bean

2 eggs

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a 9×13” rectangular baking tray with baking paper. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and pour into the baking tray. Use the back of a wooden spoon to press the mixture down into the dry until condensed. Bake for about 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Let cool for 20 minutes and then cut into squares.


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