Cheers to cherry season! There are two varieties of these succulent stone fruits: sweet and sour. Sour Montmorency cherries are light-red and tart in flavor. Common sweet cherry varieties include deep mahogany red Bing cherries and yellow and pink-blushed Rainier cherries. Cherries are low in calories, and high in vitamin C and fiber. They are also loaded with compounds called anthocyanins which have anti-inflammatory properties. Enjoy these sweet treats in smoothies, salads, savory entreés or simply right off the stem.
1. TART CHERRY POST-WORKOUT PROTEIN BOWL | A COUPLE COOKS
Fuel up on a refreshing and nutritious yogurt bowl after a grueling workout. Greek yogurt, dried fruits, nuts and seeds provide a balanced ratio of protein and carbohydrates, which is important for muscle and energy recovery. Get creative and add a mixture of your favorite toppings. Recipe makes 1 serving.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 437; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 10mg; Sodium: 145mg; Carbohydrate: 43g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 23g; Protein: 29g
2. CHICKEN WITH CHERRY-WINE PAN SAUCE | IOWA GIRL EATS
Prepare an elegant meal in less than 20 minutes. Seasoned chicken breasts are coated in a luscious cherry-red wine sauce. Best of all, the whole dish is made in one skillet. Pair with a side of roasted broccoli for a complete, irresistible dinner. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 365; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 114mg; Sodium: 163mg; Carbohydrate: 17g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 41g
3. TART CHERRY GRILLED CHEESE WITH SAGE | LOVE AND LEMONS
Classic grilled cheese gets an upgrade. Sweet, savory and tart, this sandwich is filled with cherries, sharp white cheddar and fresh herbs. Whip up this grilled cheese sandwich for a simple gourmet lunch. Recipe makes 2 servings at 1 sandwich each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 347; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 7g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 25mg; Sodium: 378mg; Carbohydrate: 40g; Dietary Fiber: 9g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 16g
4. HEALTHY CHOCOLATE CHERRY MUG CAKE | FIT FOODIE FINDS
Chomp away at a decadent tasting — yet healthy — dessert. This chocolate mug cake is studded with fresh cherries and chocolate chips. Satisfy your sweet tooth and make this perfectly portioned dessert in less than 5 minutes. Recipe makes 1 serving.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 215; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 128mg; Carbohydrate: 35g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 16g; Protein: 8g
5. SWEET CHERRY SHREDDED KALE SALAD | IFOODREAL
Bright and colorful, this salad features sweet cherries, kale, quinoa, hemp hearts and feta cheese. A simple olive oil and lemon juice vinaigrette melds everything together. This refreshing salad is perfect for the warmer spring days. Recipe makes 6 servings at 1 1/4 cups each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 221; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 13mg; Sodium: 383mg; Carbohydrate: 26g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 10g; Protein: 8g
6. CHERRY-ALMOND GRANOLA | YES TO YOLKS
With a few simple ingredients, transform your oats into a crunchy, nutty, cherry-almond granola. This recipe calls for dried cherries, cherry juice, almonds and flaxseeds, but you can easily swap them out for any of your favorite dried fruits, juice, nuts and seeds. Layer this granola on top of high-protein Greek yogurt for a satisfying parfait. Recipe makes 10 servings of granola at 1/2 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 275; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 120mg; Total Carbohydrate: 37g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugars: 11g; Protein: 6g
7. SWEET CHERRY ALMOND FLAXSEED SMOOTHIE | CLEAN EATING
Brighten up your busy mornings with this simple smoothie. Cherries, flaxseed and almonds come together for a rich drink packed with omega-3’s, antioxidants, protein and fiber. Recipe makes 2 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 296; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 3mg; Carbohydrate: 36g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 24g; Protein: 8g
8. TART CHERRY CHIA PUDDING | NUTRITION STRIPPED
Searching for a divine dessert? Check out this nutritious tart cherry chia pudding that blends creamy coconut milk, tart cherry juice and chia seeds for a combination that will pull on anyone’s heartstrings. Recipe makes 2 servings at 1 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 201; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 20mg; Carbohydrate: 23g; Dietary Fiber: 11g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 7g
9. GARLIC BUTTER CHICKEN SPAGHETTI SQUASH SKILLET | LOVE & ZEST
Enjoy a hearty and delicious meal with just one pan. Garlic butter chicken is nestled among a medley of roasted spaghetti squash strands, tart cherries, greens and melted cheese. Packed with veggies, this dish is high in protein and lighter on the carbs. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 331; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 82mg; Sodium: 238mg; Carbohydrate: 20g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 36g