(Family Features) For many, summertime is synonymous with outdoor adventures and on-the-go activities, ranging from biking and hiking to swimming and tennis. Choosing smart snacks that are simple to make, packed with nutrition and taste great can help power you up without slowing you down.
"Creating DIY snacks with real foods, like Montmorency tart cherries, nuts and seeds, gives your snacking habits an upgrade. Not only do ingredients like these offer endless variety in flavor and texture; their nutrient density will also make your snacks work harder for you," said Matthew Kadey, registered dietitian and author of "Rocket Fuel: Power Packed Foods for Sports and Adventure."
Montmorency tart cherries, which are grown in North America, are packed with anthocyanins – natural compounds that provide the ruby-red color, distinctive tart taste and potential health benefits. For those bolstering their exercise regimens this summer, there are added reasons to take a look at tart cherries. Studies have shown that Montmorency tart cherry juice may help reduce strength loss and aid recovery after extensive exercise.
Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Servings: 10
Recipe used with permission from Kristina LaRue of LoveandZest.com
For more recipes and to find out more about Montmorency tart cherries, visit ChooseCherries.com.