This is a great way to start the day when you wake up with a few aches and pains. Or, even better – this is a great breakfast to have a few times a week to ward off getting aches and pains at all!
Cherries are well-known anti-inflammatory powerhouses due to their high antioxidant – specifically, anthocyanin – activity. Choose tart cherries for the highest benefit. Strawberries add sweetness, plus are rich in polyphenols that help regulate blood sugar response, have an amazing combination of phytonutrients: anthocyanins, ellagitannins, flavonols, terpenoids, and phenolic acids, and are Vitamin C standouts.
Cashews are added for a delicious creaminess, a bit of protein, and healthy unsaturated fatty acids. These nuts (and though you may read differently on the internet, they are indeed nuts, not legumes) have a high antioxidant content, providing cardio-protective benefits.
Oh – and this is delicious!
Strawberry Cherry Cashew Anti-Inflammatory Blend
Makes two servings
About 1 cup frozen strawberries
About 1 cup frozen tart cherries (if available – sweet cherries are an alternate)
About 1 cup coconut water (my favorite is Taste Nirvana with pulp)
1/4 cup chia seeds
Handful of cashews
Put all ingredients in a high-speed blender and mix until well blended – top with a frozen strawberry for beautiful color, and enjoy!