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Sweet & Sour Cherries

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Be a Cherry Picker for Weight Loss

Cherries hold super powers and can assist in helping get rid of those pesky pounds...

We've got all the sweet nutrition facts for cherries - but they are about a lot more than being low in calories.

Cherries hold many healthy benefits including the following.

Healthy Benefits of Cherries

Prevents Ageing Effects

- Cherries help prevent ageing by boosting your body’s defenses against certain types of cancer.

Alleviates Aches & Pains Associated With Exercise & New Activity

- Drinking cherry juice before participating in activity may help alleviate muscle pain associated with exercise - in particular the soreness.

I don't know about you, but getting pain relief through natural foods rather than potentially harmful over the counter drugs is best any day of the week.

Protein Content Assist in Combating Hunger Pain

Frozen cherries take a lot longer to eat than fresh cherries and they contain a good deal of dietary fiber content which can assist in controlling appetite.

They also contain protein which can also assist in keeping hunger away longer than when consuming foods which contain zero protein.

Suggestions & Diet Cherry Recipes

Cherries marry wonderfully-well with rice, pork, and poultry.

For a really sweet breakfast treat try popping a few pitted fresh cherries into your pancake or waffle batter.

Or, enjoy them in the raw and topped with light whipped cream (yes, the real stuff is as long in calories as the whipped topping - only 15 calories per serving for the light version, so why have fake when you can have real).

For a delicious low calorie pick-me-up skinny shake, whirl 3/4 cup of reduced fat or skim milk with 1/2 cup of frozen cherries to create a delicious, super shake. This tastes great any time of the day - from breakfast to a bedtime snack.

Nutrition Facts for Sweet Raw Cherries

Based on one cup with pits.

Calories = 87 kcals
Carbs = 22 g
Dietary Fiber = 3 g
Sugars, Total = 18 g

Nutrition Facts for Red Sour Raw Cherries

Based on one cup with pits.

Calories = 52 kcals
Carbs = 13 g
Dietary Fiber = 1.6 g
Sugars, Total = 9 g

The sweeter the fruit, the higher the energy values due to the sugar content.

Quick Cherry Bliss Recipe

Still Naughty But Healthier Recipes. This is a reduced calorie, reduced fat recipe.

The Recipe Ingredients

1/4 cup of light or reduced calorie margarine
1 cup of reduced fat graham cracker crumbs

1/2 cup of Splenda

1 small container of reduced calorie/reduced fat whipped topping

1 cup of mini marshmallows

1 can of light cherry pie filling

Melt margarine then add Splenda and graham cracker crumbs. Press lighting into an 8" square pan.

Spray with cooking spray if desired to discourage sticking.

Next, add marshmallows to topping and spread over the graham cracker crust. Chill. Add cherry pie filling to topping mixture before serving.

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