This recipe spotlights delicious Morello sour cherries that are packed with nutrition.
Beta carotene, linked with cancer prevention particularly lung cancer and reduction in the risk of heart disease. Beta carotene is converted by the body into vitamin A, a vitamin that prevents night blindness, needed for growth and cell development, maintains healthy skin, hair, and nails as well as gums, glands, bones, and teeth. May prevent lung cancer.
Pectin, a soluble fiber makes you feel full which may lessen appetite. Also, it lowers LDL cholesterol which helps reduce the risk of heart disease, regulates blood sugar which may reduce the onset risk or symptoms of metabolic syndrome and diabetes, and may cut the risk of colorectal cancer.
Quercetin, a flavonoid and antioxidant that may help avoid heart disease, lessen risk of cancer and coronary artery disease.
Potassium, which gives a helpful effect in lowering blood pressure. Also helps maintain fluid balance, and helps proper metabolism.
Vitamin C, vitamin that fortifies blood vessel walls, encourages wound curing, promotes iron absorption, helps avoid atherosclerosis, defends against cell damage by free radicals, may diminish risk of certain cancers, heart attacks, strokes, and other diseases. The anthocyanidins found in the cherries have anti-inflammatory properties.
Cinnamon is also featured in this recipe. I recommend eating a teaspoon a day of the true cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon, since it so health promoting, and has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antitumor, cardiovascular-friendly, cholesterol-lowering, blood sugar regulating effects. If cinnamon isn’t labeled Ceylon you’re most likely eating a cheaper, less liver-safe cinnamon variety called cassia. It can be hard to find so I buy this one from Amazon.
WARNING to those who are taking blood thinners. Cassia cinnamon contains high levels (0.45%) of natural chemicals called coumarin. When taking anti-coagulants, its important to avoid any products with coumarin. This interacts with blood thinners – especially warfarin (Coumadin) and increases the risk of bleeding.
½ cup raw oats
1 cup milk or water
½ tbsp. Ceylon Cinnamon
1 tsp. brown sugar
1 tsp hemp seeds
1 Tbs. pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup Morella Cherries (from Trader Joe’s)
Prepare oatmeal as per package instructions. I like to do mine in a large glass microwave-safe bowl in the microwave. I use a too-large because cooking oats in the microwave in a too-small bowl can create the dreaded “volcano effect”.
Top with cinnamon, brown sugar, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds and cherries and enjoy!