Have you taken a look at your plate lately? If you’re seeing a lot of grayish-brownish matter in the form of turkey burgers, mashed potatoes and pasta then your diet is missing a splash of color. From vibrant arugula greens to royal purple plums, it’s easy to liven up your plate.
We’re naturally drawn to color. So why do we find ourselves getting stuck in a gray food rut? It’s easy. It’s what everyone else is doing. It’s what mom did. All these answers may be true but they’re not necessarily healthy.
Think about a beautifully blooming flower arrangement– the fresh floral scents and colors. Flowers generally make people feel relaxed and at peace. They’re often gifted to those who need some uplifting. I purchase them as a special treat for myself. Now imagine if you could ingest all the joy and tranquility that a bouquet of flowers offers. Well, in a sense you can by eating a colorful array of fruits and veggies. (And edible flowers.) When you eat a rainbow of foods you also take in a bounty of nutrition.
Today’s focus is on tart red cherry juice. Cherries are a member of the Prunus family, which includes other stone fruits like plums and peaches. The fruit is available fresh when in season, frozen, dried and as a concentrate. I opt for organic fruit but conventional ly grown cherries are also available. Conventional cherries can be contaminated with up to 42 pesticide residues.
These little red babies are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and antioxidants.
And tart cherry juice is sweet on sleep. Cherries contain melatonin, an antioxidant, which helps induce sleepiness at night and wakefulness during the day. So long coffee!
Next time you’re at the market toss a bottle of tart cherry juice into your basket. Drink it straight, mix it with sparkling water and a slice a lemon for a cherry juice spritzer, or add it to a smoothie. This one vibrant change will help keep you from being in the red when it comes to your health. Cheers!