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Cherry Trees- The Secret to A Happy Mood?

Posted Mar 10 2011 11:19pm

Hello everyone!

Today, as I took a morning walk, I noticed that almost all of the cherry trees in my neighborhood are just past their budding stage and the beautiful pink flowers are almost ready to completely bloom. It reminded me of how much I love cherry trees. 

If you've never thought about why cherries pretty much make a kid happy when they're on an ice cream sundae, or how they still satisfied when adults ask for chocolate covered cherries, then here's why: there's a little secret that cherries hold. 

Cherries are one of the various fruits, along with pineapple and blueberries that contain certain antioxidants which increase seretonin production , which means the "happy" mood that certain foods give you, is a direct effect of cherry consumption. Many people love cherries because of their tart yet sweet taste. I prefer using cherries in my smoothies more than anything, or including them into baked goods.

Cherries are also a great source of inflammatory-fighting antioxidants. Their deep dark color indicates serious antioxidant concentration. Here's another super-food that's a dark color that will also increase the seretonin flow to your body plus a recipe!

If you want to start adding cherries to your diet, here are a few ways you can do that, besides the above ways
1. Stir dried cherries into your oatmeal or cereal
2. Include them into salads or desserts.
3. Make a cherry pie.
4. Substitute other dried foods like raisins with cherries.
5. Throw frozen cherries which are pitted, into your muffins, cakes and breads.
6. Blend them into slushies.
7. Include them in your protein shakes.
8. Eat them with a spinach omelet each morning.
9. Toss dried cherries, almonds, and other nuts into a trailmix . Add dark chocolate and increase the seretonin production!:)
10. Use them instead of lemons which garnishing your tea.
11. Juice 1 cup of cherries and drink at night to help you sleep better. Cherries also increase melatonin production to your brain. 

Here's a great recipe to get you started with cherries:)

Dried Cherries and Chocolate Cookies

-Full of healthy fats, antioxidants, plenty of seretonin-enhancing foods, and a great source of B vitamins!

These cookies are also gluten-free, soy- free and dairy-free.

  • 1/2 cup of dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate
  • 1 cup of oats ( instant or old-fashioned are fine, but old-fashioned are great for a more chewy taste
  • 1/2 cup almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. vanilla flavoring or extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk or any other type of milk
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup raw blue agave nectar (or honey)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger 
  • dash of sea salt

5. Form into 1 inch balls and place on a nonstick baking pan.
6. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
7. Cool on the pans for 10 minutes and then just remove with a spatula, or eager hands:)

Makes about 1 dozen cookies.

Have a great day!

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