Are you a fan of cherries? You should be! They come in a large variety (from sweet to sour), they make a great addition to your meals, and they are an important part of a well-balanced diet. Cherries, sour cherries in particular, are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber. Since February is National Cherry Month, now is the time to invest in some healthy cherry recipes. Try one of the delicious recipes listed below.
- Cherry smoothies. A smoothie is a great way to get your full serving of fruit first thing in the morning. You can make a variety of cherry smoothies such as a cherry pineapple smoothie. This recipe calls for frozen cherries, pineapple chunks, orange juice, bananas, and Greek yogurt. Or to add some veggies to your breakfast, try making cherry spinach smoothies. This recipe calls for cherries, bananas, spinach, and almond milk.
- Chocolate and cherry granola bars. If you’re not a big fan of smoothies consider making granola bars instead. This recipe for vegan chocolate cherry granola bars is easy to make. It contains dates, cacao powder, oats, maple syrup, walnuts, chia seeds, and fresh cherries. These granola bars are packed with fiber, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and iron, so they make for a great breakfast on the go.
- Fruity, nutty salad. You can jazz up your typical lunch with just a few cherries. This recipe for grilled chicken salad calls for grilled chicken, baby spinach, Gorgonzola cheese, dried cherries, and chopped walnuts. For a dressing use extra virgin olive oil or red wine vinegar. This hearty salad will keep you full longer.
- Cherry pizza. Are you in the mood for pizza? Try making cherry pizza. To make grilled cherry, goat cheese, and arugula pizza you’ll need pizza dough, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, cherries, goat cheese, arugula, balsamic vinegar, and honey. This pizza can serve as a delicious lunch or as a yummy appetizer.
- Roasted cherry crostini. Speaking of appetizers, consider making this recipe for a mid-day snack. For a batch of roasted cherry crostini, you’ll need a toasted baguette, almond ricotta, cherries, fresh thyme, olive oil, honey, and balsamic glaze. You can whip up this snack in less than 15 minutes.
- Braised chicken with cherries. Yes, you can have cherries for dinner. This recipe for braised chicken with sour cherries calls for chicken thighs, avocado oil, onions, garlic, fresh rosemary, sour cherries, apple cider vinegar, and fresh cilantro. Your chicken will taste delicious with mashed potatoes and a small salad.
- Cherry rolls. Skip the cherry pie and try a different cherry dessert. If you like cinnamon rolls you’ll love this dessert roll recipe with a cherry twist. It’s made with sweet dough, cherry filling, and a vanilla glaze. You can find the recipe here.