Many of us know of the story about George Washington cutting down his father’s cherry tree, and, to every parent’s delight, told the truth and admitted to his father the mistake he made. Young George made a good political move at such a young age that his story has remained to this day an example of how honest our first president was. Even though some don’t believe it ever happened, the story has become part of his legacy.
Cherries’ Health Benefits
Cherries are not only great tasting, but they’re healthy, too! One cup of cherries contains:
• Approx. 90 calories
• 3 grams of fiber
• Zero fat and zero sodium
Cherries are rich in antioxidants, such as anthocyanins, quercetin, and ellagic acid. They also contain a cholesterol-lowering compound called beta-sitosterol.
Melatonin, also found in cherries, especially tart cherries, was found to affect sleep patterns and has been promoted as an anti-aging supplement.
Here’s a delicious way to eat more cherries:
Easy Cherry Cheese Pie
1 9-inch pastry pie crust or graham cracker
16 oz package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 – 22 oz can of cherry pie filling
1. Blend cream cheese and sugar. Add eggs and beat for 10 minutes. Add vanilla and pour into pie shell.
2. Bake in a pre-heated 350-degree oven for 25 minutes.
3. Let it cool thoroughly.
4. Spread cherry pie filling over the cheese layer.
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