Time for another installment of my semi frequent Foods For Runners themed posts…
This time? Cherries! Yay Cherries!
Last summer I lived on cherries. (I should note that I was pregnant and not running but still… ) Every day I wanted cherries, cherries, cherries and more cherries.
Both the ones you can eat and tart cherry juice are excellent for runners! Why? for starters they reduce inflammation, we all could use reduced inflammation right? Also cherries reduce muscle soreness after a workout and they can help to prevent muscle damage. Tart cherry juice has also been said to reduce muscle soreness and shorten recovery time after long and or hard runs.
Also cherries are known to help relieve pain, offer a rich source of antioxidants and are said to help prevent and repair the damage that is done to the body’s cells by free radicals.
I like my cherries washed and right off the stem. They are also great additions to smoothies, as a glaze/sauce on tofu or veggies, in scones, in cookies and pie! Don’t forget Cherry Pie!
How do you eat (or drink) your cherries?
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