8 Healthy Cherry Recipes to Try this Valentine’s Day
February is National Cherry Month — a reminder that even though summer is technically cherry season, you can enjoy them year round. Not only are cherries delicious with their sweet and tart flavor profile, but they contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties — which studies show can decrease oxidative stress and inflammation.
And with Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’re all about this lovable, bright red fruit. This month on the Vibrant Health blog, we’re sharing a roundup of 8 healthy cherry recipes to enjoy with your sweetheart!
8 Nutrient-Rich Recipes Featuring Cherries
- Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
- No-Bake Energy Bites with Oats & Dried Cherries
- Berry and Bright Smoothie Bowl
- Cherry, Wild Rice and Quinoa Salad
- Pear Balsamic Salad with Dried Cherries & Candied Walnuts
- Sparkling Cherry Mocktail
- Chicken with Cherry-Wine Pan Sauce
- No-Bake Winter Cheesecake Jars
- Chocolate Cherry Smoothie from Vibrant Health
It’s not Valentine’s Day without a little chocolate. Start your day off with this delectable chocolate smoothie — made with bananas, coconut milk, frozen black cherries, cacao powder and a scoop of our Chocolate Maximum Vibrance plant-based superfood powder.
- No-Bake Energy Bites with Oats & Dried Cherries from Epicurious
If you’re looking for a midday pick-me-up, these No Bake Energy Bites will give you just the boost you need. They contain simple, clean ingredients like oats, coconut flakes, nut butter, and dried cherries for a sweet and crunchy snack.
- Berry and Bright Smoothie Bowl from Vibrant Health
May your day be “Berry & Bright” with this fruity red smoothie bowl! The bowl blends together frozen cherries, frozen pineapple and frozen raspberries with flax meal and a scoop of our Maximum Vibrance Vanilla powder for a nutritious breakfast for lunch.
[Text Wrapping Break]Get the recipe here via Vibrant Health!
- Cherry, Wild Rice & Quinoa Salad from Eating Well
You’ll love this colorful whole grain salad made with quinoa, wild rice, pecans, and goat cheese. Enjoy as a hearty side dish to pair with your main meal!
- Pear Balsamic Salad with Dried Cherries & Candied Walnuts from Minimalist Baker
This Pear Balsamic Salad is another great option to enjoy during Valentine’s Day or a winter dinner party. Mixed greens are combined with candied walnuts, fresh pear slices, and dried cherries then topped with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette.
[Text Wrapping Break]Get the recipe here via Minimalist Baker!
- Sparkling Cherry Mocktail from Clean Eating Kitchen
Featuring citrus, sparkling water, and tart cherry juice, this festive mocktail is the perfect way to ring in Valentine’s Day! While it contains no alcohol, you can add a splash of your go-to liquor if you desire. Cheers!
- Chicken with Cherry-Wine Pan Sauce from Iowa Girl Eats
Whipped up in just 20 minutes, this romantic dish is elegant yet simple! The chicken is cooked in a skillet and topped with a reduced cherry-wine pan sauce for the ultimate presentation.
- No-Bake Winter Cheesecake Jars from Vibrant Health
Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without something sweet for dessert! These adorable No-Bake Winter Cheesecake Jars are made with a vegan coconut and cashew-based filling with a nutty graham cracker crumble then topped with pomegranate seeds and pitted cherries — the cherry on top!
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