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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    Love cherries in all forms! I drink a glass of cherry juice (tart cherry juice concentrate mixed with water) every morning. It definitely seems to help with keeping inflammation down as I'm marathon training.

    Another Jen | 2 years ago Reply

      ill have to try it with water, maybe ice too ;)

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    I love cherries but am not a fan of cherries in any other form. This makes me wish for summer so that it will be cherry season.

    Jen Rawson, RD (@PrettyLilGrub) | 2 years ago Reply

    Love to eat them fresh! So tasty! And was thrilled to discover all the health benefits!

    sloluckyruns | 2 years ago Reply

      cant wait for them to be back in season :)

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    I like bing cherries, but am not a big fan of cherries in general. I haven't drank tart cherry juice in a long time...thanks for the reminder! I need to restock that ;-)

    Kim Hatting | 2 years ago Reply

      i need to start drinking it more, or at least trying to

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    I love cherries. Now I know they are good for you. Unfortunately I only eat them in the summer. Gotta find some cherry juice.

    Darlene | 2 years ago Reply

    I know people are into drinking cherry juice I have not tried it . I guess I need to!

    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner | 2 years ago Reply

    I love cherries! I've never tried the tart cherry juice though. I'm going to have to put that on the grocery list :)

    Chaitali | 2 years ago Reply

    mmm:) Love cherries!!\

    Missy Marie | 2 years ago Reply

    I've never given cherry juice a try. Maybe I should change that!

    Kathryn @ Dancing to Running | 2 years ago Reply

      worth a try right? it is an acquired taste though

      Josephine | 2 years ago Reply

    I love cherries- ive heard they help with inflammation and i have rheumatoid arthritis so I'm all about anything that will help me out

    Lisa Jagodzinski | 2 years ago Reply

    I definitely feel less muscle soreness post-run when I eat cherries or drink tart cherry juice. I buy a bag of frozen ones from Trader Joes and throw some in my protein smoothie.

    mkadens1 | 2 years ago Reply

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