Fish Tacos with Fresh Cherry Salsa

Fish Tacos with Cherry Salsa

I have had the most incredible cherries this week Washington State, plump and so sweet. I decided to make these Fish Tacos with Cherry Salsa, which were a huge hit at my house. In under 30 minutes, you’ll have your family or guests raving over these! This summer be sure to keep a plentiful supply of Northwest fresh sweet cherries on hand for a nutrition-rich snack.  Place a handful of cherries in sealable plastic bags in the refrigerator for quick grab-and-go snacks or to take for lunch for dessert.

These are so incredibly healthy too. Researchers found that consuming about 45 cherries daily may significantly decrease circulating concentrations of specific inflammatory biomarkers in the body. The research study, published in The Journal of Nutrition, was conducted at the USDA-ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center. Because of the link between inflammatory markers and some chronic diseases, the changes in the identified biomarkers suggest that consuming cherries may reduce risk or modify the severity of diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Whether eaten out of hand or added to your favorite recipes, remember the season for Northwest fresh sweet cherries is short so enjoy them now or you’ll have to wait until next year!

 

 

Cherry Margaritas

Cherry Margaritas

Northwest fresh sweet cherries are coming into season, and it’s a sure sign that summer’s here. Find a handy spot to place the blender and make these Cherry Margaritas. Start with a mix of Northwest fresh sweet cherries, a little tequila and a hit of citrus, all whirled in the blender, and you will enjoy the perfect summer frozen cocktail creation. Cherries are so healthy for you! For a list of 10 health benefits see my post here.

Grilled Salmon with Cherries

Grilled Salmon with Cherries

Sweet Northwest cherries are abundant right now, and this is one superfood that will be a constant in our refrigerator for the next few months. The Northwest Cherry Season is short, lasting from now until the end of August so be sure to take advantage of them while you can. Not only are cherries an irresistible summertime treat, but research suggests that they may reduce the risk or modify the severity of chronic diseases. Acting to lessen inflammation, cherries may be beneficial in combating arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, blood pressure and cancer. Cherries are so nutritious as they are considered a good source of dietary potassium, important for reducing the risk for hypertension and stroke. Cherries are also a good source of vitamin C and fiber, and are a natural source of melatonin, a compound which helps regulate the body’s sleep cycle. Enough said? If you’re not sold yet, try this Grilled Salmon with Cherries recipe is one of my newest favorites for a light and healthy dinner. Serve with a side of sautéed spinach or kale and you’ll have an incredibly lovely and healthy meal!

Favorite Recipes and Healthy Blog Posts of 2011

Happy New Year everyone! It has been a blast to work on my blog this past year, and I appreciate everyone’s continued support. Breakfast Almond and Raspberry Quinoa (pictured above) was one of my top recipes of the year, and here are some other favorite blog posts of 2011 from my site:

Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Muffins

Panko Fish Sticks with Edamame Salsa

No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Saucepan Popcorn and Healthy Back to School Snacks

3 Ingredient Peppermint Milkshakes

10 Health Benefits of Blackberries

Best Foods for Runners

Health Benefits of Cherries

How To Get Lean

10 Reasons Why to Love Yoga

Top 10 Ways to Find Balance in Your Life

Top 10 Health Benefits of Cherries: A True Superfruit

Cherries are a nutritional powerhouse fruit with so many incredible health benefits. One cup of raw cherries has 87 calories, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein and 3 grams of fiber. Enjoy them now while they are at their peak because their season is way too short.  Read on for some of the great health benefits of eating cherries.

 

Ten Great Health Benefits of Eating Cherries

1. Cherries, known as a “super-fruit”, are packed with antioxidants called anthocyanins which aid in the reduction of heart disease and cancer.

2. Cherries are one of the few food sources that contain melatonin, an antioxidant that helps regulate heart rhythms and the body’s sleep cycles.

3. Cherries are an excellent source of beta carotene (vitamin A). In fact they contain 19 times more beta carotene than blueberries and strawberries.

4. Cherries are rich in vitamins C, E, potassium, magnesium, iron, folate and fiber.

5. Cherries are referred to as “brain food”, aiding in brain health and in the prevention of memory loss.

6. Because cherries contain anthocyanins, they can reduce inflammation and symptoms of arthritis and gout.

7. Eating cherries reduces the risk of diabetes.

8. Cherries are a good source of fiber which is important for digestive health.

9. Cherries are a great snack or dessert choice important for weight-maintenance.

10. Because of their powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, cherries are said to reduce pain and joint soreness for runners and athletes after workouts.